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PROF. H. N. FELKEL, Editor in-Chief, 


Howard Lamar, Esq., Auburn, Ala., 

A. I. Bacheller, Esq., New York City, 
Theo. D. Bratton, Esq., Sewanee, Tenn., 

J. Frank Wilkes, Charlotte, N. C. 

REV. C. W. BAKER, Business Manager, 







Vol. VII. GETTYSBURG, PA., APRIL, 1887. No. 


It is with more than the usual diffidence which every speaker 
feels in addressing an assemblage of his fellows that I speak to 
you, inasmuch as a man can have no more critical audience 
than that composed of those with whom his associations have 
been more than ordinarily intimate, or with whom, even, he has 
moved on a plane of equality which permits them to exact that 
he, who presumes to entertain or amuse, to edify or instruct them 
shall not misconceive the nature of his task. While apprecia- 
ting the seriousness of my office and that my utterances may 
savor somewhat of heresy, I rely greatly on the warm south- 
ern chivalrous generosity which has been foster parent to our 
Fraternity from its birth, and has nourished aud cherished it in 
its infancy. Stimulated by that and, too, by the firm conviction 
of the truth of what I shall say, I will venture to give words to 
some thoughts that have been long fretting for an opportune 
expression, relating to a question that I believe to be of the 
utmost importance to our brotherhood, and upon whose decision 
depend the alternatives whether the Fraternity shall quicken 
into new life and its heart beat with the pulse of a healthier an- 
imation, or whether it relapse into the comatose state so com- 
mon among such organizations where the heart has stopped 
beating and the body lies prostrate in a lethargy that is akin to 
death. The weight of your conclusion can pull down the bal- 
ance on either side. But the question is not to be lightly de- 
cided with a 'yes' or 'no' but is whether you are willing to bestir 

^Address delivered before the Tenth Biennial Congress by L. L. Smith, 
Esq., of Philadelphia Pa. 


yourselves in the struggle to make our Fraternity one amongst 
many and to make the effort to lift it from the slough of medi- 
ocrity into which with the most sincere intentions, left unful- 
filled, it will inevitably become bemired. 

For ages past, as far in the retrospect as history will carry us, 
there have appeared in every act of life's great drama two anti- 
podal characters, opposed to each other as the day to the night, 
like the two spirits of the Manichaeans warring for supremacy, or 
perhaps more like the two incessant forces of integration and 
disintegration in the stupendous theory of evolution, represen- 
ting the human species on the one hand in its brutish aspect if 
not dressed in the skin, yet inspired with the instincts of the 
lower orders of animal nature ; — on the other hand, representing 
man endowed with God-given reason, with its retinue of mercy, 
pity and the ennobling sentiment of love for fellow man, that 
teaches him alike his responsibility in the community and his 
duty in the family. The conflict between these characters has 
been incessant and bitter. Unopposed the lower instinct would 
carry us back to the depths of animalism, subvert our civiliza- 
tion and render the world a pandemonium indeed, but, mastered 
by the superior though more subtle force of the intellect, its 
work of mediaeval darkness has become a chapter in history that 
can never be repeated. It is too late, now, to gainsay the po- 
tency of the mind in the world's progress. While the great es- 
sentials of moral truths have remained at a standstill, the circles 
of intellectual power have been widening with ever-increasing 
scope. Instance : the frequency of wars has been lessened and 
from a race of fighters we are likely to become members of the 
Peace-society and to such an extent is the glory of battle dis- 
credited, that a propensity to it is an index of a nation's barbar- 
ity. Peace once contemned is now honorable and warfare has 
lost its glamor since men have grown wise enough to deprecate 
its unreasoning cruelty. 

The development of the toleration of opinion tells no less 
plainly the same story. It is based not on a ground-work of 
moral conviction, for the more intense the zeal the fiercer the 
intolerance and bitterer the persecution, — not on the ground- 
work of physical compulsion, for who was ever driven to respect 


an opinion in which he had no faith ; — not on these is toleration 
based but on the developed intelhgence which leads men to as- 
cribe infallibility to nothing human and, if they must, to wor- 
ship their own dogmas in private sanctuaries. The Inquisition 
with its horrors that the most devilish ingenuity was taxed to 
multiply, can never recur. Society is grown too intelligent. 
The censorship of the press is passing away because its misde- 
meanors can be relegated to a juster and a wiser tribunal. 

Too intelligent also is society grown to submit to the flood of 
vice and immorality which has drenched past generations with 
nastiness and degradation. What more incongruous picture 
could there be than the Court of the Restoration painted on the 
same canvas with our present society ! Buckingham hobnob- 
bing with Bright, Rochester with Gladstone and Nell Gwyn 
sauntering with the Queen. We at the present time have our 
foibles and vices and will have so long as our natures are human, 
but we dare not flaunt them in society's face. We have learned 
to curb what we cannot eradicate. 

Cruelty in war, intolerance in opinion, and sensuality in taste 
and action, are dethroned though not exterminated. This con- 
flict has become the most important revolution in the world's 
history and is but reaching its consummation, — the downfall of 
those three mighty powers, — the usurpation of the intellect ; 
but the rebellion is not yet over. Our enemy roars like the 
Titan under Mount ^tna now and then breaking forth into 
open enmity. But the day of his supremacy is gone. His dy- 
nasty has fallen. 

You who have studied the struggle have discovered the rea- 
son why the issue of this great revolution has been as it has, — 
why intellectual culture, though no panacea for ills that the flesh 
of society is heir to, is yet a most indispensable remedy. While 
undoubtedly the great mathematician with the equations of all 
the curves at his tongue's end, the persistent Assyriologist cov- 
ered with the dust of Nineveh, the patient naturalist with his 
open-sesame to nature's rich store house, or the master of Greek 
metres are not perforce good men or useful members of soci- 
ety, yet immeasurably greater is the likelihood that they are 
than those men who live in ruts and for themselves, whose only 


atmosphere is the air contaminated with their own selfishness. 
There is no nobler character in the world than this same mathe- 
matician, archaeologist, naturalist or what you will — the charac- 
ter is the same though the costume changes, — wearing away his 
life for another's profit, wasting his energies, to broaden out the 
circle of human conceptions. His efforts seem unreal to men 
whose only notion of reality is what is tangible. But — what 
charm is it that holds spell bound the audience listening to the 
honeyed words of a Burke or a Webster ? Does the orator em- 
ploy claquers to intersperse themselves among his listeners and 
beat them into an enthusiasm ? No ! then let us not ignore the 
result of the workings of that influence which we do not com- 
prehend but which we know to exist. The wisest of mankind 
have been the readiest to grasp the meaning of social progress, — 
our greeitest men have been the men of the most marked intel- 
lectual power, and intellectual growth has always been the syn- 
onym of an advancing civilization. 

That general truth finds a more pointed application to that 
portion of society which is aiming through the medium of a 
college at what is called a higher education. The pith and mar- 
row of a college life is intellectual culture. If not, wherein lies 
its usefulness ? The old hackneyed reply will doubtless be made, 
"It wears smooth the rough edges of a man's character." Rough 
edges forsooth ! As if the purpose of the college man was the 
wearing smooth of his rough edges or the polishing of his man- 
ners rather than the betterment of his mind. I do not wish to 
deprecate polish, but let a man first be a man then be a gentle- 
man. If he is a man his brusqueness will be condoned, perhaps 
imitated, but if he is not, no polish can save him from contempt. 
If that which, by some irony of custom is termed **good-fellow- 
ship," is what we go to college for, then the sooner we abolish 
the institution the better, for that fellowship is the very antipode 
of the true good-fellowship which is spent, says Mr. Curtis, "in 
an intellectual air, amid scholarly associations." No! if colleges 
avail us at all it is as training schools of our intellects for future 
careers, the grammar of life's language. It is an opportunity of 
mental culture that comes to no one twice, and the wise man 
makes the most of it. I do not desire to assume the role of the 


moralist, but this is a hard, dry fact which we dare not dispute. 
The notion that the balance of a man's career is independent of 
the years he spends at college, is exploded. The irnpressions 
he receives then in his plastic state, he retains when mind and 
nature are hardened. If a child is cast out into the street amid 
associations filthy and contaminating no one is surprised that he 
imbibes as he does, the spirit of his environment. But when 
the same argument is applied to college men, with characters 
forming also, the conclusion that they too must rise or fall ac- 
cording to their habits and surroundings is arbitrarily rejected, 
because forsooth the overweening affection of foolish parents 
pours dow'n the insatiable throats of their gaping children such 
unceasing flattery, as makes them mistake the titillation of con- 
ceit for the thrills of genius. Greatness is evolved neither from 
indolence nor stupidity. The theory that the embryo of the 
great man sinks to the intellectual bottom among his fellows is 
shown to be unqualifiedly false. *'Why," said Macaulay, *'it 
seems to me that there never was a fact proved by a larger mass 
of evidence or a more unvaried experience than this, that men 
who distinguish themselves in youth above their contemporar- 
ies, almost always keep to the end of their lives the start which 
they have gained. This experience is so vast that I should as soon 
expect to hear any one question it as to hear it denied that arsenic 
is a poison, or that brandy is intoxicating." He cites the calendars 
of Cambridge and Oxford in his support, and I might cite the cal- 
endars of our own colleges in further corroboration. One of the 
greatest of our divines, Phillips Brooks, was a high scholar in his 
class at college. Daniel Webster, the second greatest statesman 
the country had produced, was second in his class at Dartmouth 
and John C. Calhoun, a man of the most brilliant parts, but 
whose merits need no mention here in the South, stood first in 
his class at Yale. These are but types of the men with whose 
names our college registers are replete. Their lesson is not to 
be controverted by scattered instances of men who have risen to 
eminence, who are alumni of no college or who have had some 
peculiar aptitude that has been dwarfed by college culture. 

These two fallacies that college is a place where one is to be 
polished rather than instructed, and that the budding genius is 


dormant through his college course have done more than any- 
thing else to give the world at large and the college men them- 
selves a false idea of their position. The world finds too often 
a pitiful justification for its censure, and the men themselves as 
often feel the bitterness of disappointment over an irrevocable 
mistake. I have seen them pass out of the college doors filled 
with sorrow, though not caused by the wrenching asunder of 
fast cemented friendships, — and stung with remorse at their 
failure to grasp opportunities which will never return, for the 
waste of hours which will never recur. But turn the glass of 
introspection into your own conditions, — each mind be its own 
confessional, — and I believe that what I have said will find many 
an application amongst you. Mutato nomine — you know the 
rest. Removed from the glamor which envelops all esoteric 
association, do you not many times doubt whether your course 
has not tended to ephemeral pleasures rather than to the lasting 
enrichment of the character that will be discernible half a century 
or more in the future. I advocate no priestly abnegation of 
pleasure or fanatical devotion to work, but simply that you may 
be able to feel on the completion of your course that you have 
lived up to the best that is within you, giving to body mind and 
character each its due consideration. But there can in no event 
be a lack of pleasure in a college course. Those four years are 
a paradise of enjoyment. They are like a merry gurgling brook 
winding its rhythmic course through some joyous meadow rich* 
in its profusion of gay bloom, smiling and sparkling in the morn- 
ing sunshine, and in its vicinage the shining leafage of the cool 
green trees, that are the admiring friends and sustaining hopes. 
But all vanishes with the cold drear touch of winter, — the sea- 
son of rough experiences, — and the babbling stream flows icily 
on, the grim dismantled trees seem to look down with chill dis- 
approval, and the scene is one of bitter sweet remembrances. I 
reiterate that a college life abounds in pleasures, — but this scene 
is laid before most of us, not because there is no enjoyment without 
a sting, but because we have pursued the wrong methods for at- 
taining enjoyment. The highest pleasures lie in the consumma- 
tion of worthy ambitions, — and if we drift through the course un- 
der the specious but hollow mockery of good fellowship, careless 


of reputation, throwing ambition to the winds, purposeless and 
living only for the present, there need be no wonderment if the 
conclusion of those happy days brings us face to face with the 
drear realization of our unfortunate omissions in the past and an 
ill preparation for the future. The one purpose of a higher ed- 
ucation is to elevate men to the grade of master-workmen in 
society, those ruling spirits who are to grasp situations, unravel 
social complexities, and direct what others are to perform, — an 
honorable but arduous position and full of grave responsibility. 
Neglect this purpose, spurn the leading influence of a college 
and you make yourselves but bungling master-workmen and un- 
equal even to those duties which the men who have not had 
your opportunities have learned to perform. Both abutments 
of your bridge have weakened and your lightly built arches col- 
lapse in irretrievable ruin. So too often is it with us college 
men, on stepping into the world, that there is nothing left us of 
our college days but the empty recollection. We should have 
been ready to put on the shoulder straps and go to the forefront 
of the battle, but instead are ranked as raw recruits untried and 

The position I have assumed is a difficult one to prove. I 
should as soon hope to make an absolute demonstration of its 
correctness as expect to prove the existence or non-existence of 
infinity. It is a truth though an intangible one. But if the 
history of civilization has more meaning than is contained in a 
mere narrative of events, if the development of man from the 
brute has a greater import than as a panorama of improving 
figures, of that stranger development from the witless child to 
the intellectual man has a more marked significance to you than 
has a freak of nature, — that truth I am confident, will appeal to 
you with such irresistible force as to brook no denial at your 

As members of a common fraternity however, our position is 
a dual one. We are college mates, but we are more, and our 
second position demands that a stronger spirit of friendship 
should be engendered than is usually imbibed in the four walls 
of a college. But so delicate is the bond of intimate association 
that the best tempered metal must be used in its construction, so 


hard that use cannot wear, or selfishness corrupt yet so elastic 
as to give play to the differences of nature of those it encircles. 
Has such a metal been adopted by our Fraternity ? I have in- 
veighed against the mistaken policy of college men as such. 
But is not the same canker in our own sides ? I fear too much 
trust has been placed in the strength of fellowship and that it 
has been a stumbling block to our success. What association 
with more than an ephemeral life was ever heard of whose 
foundation rested on a basis of present enjoyment ? They are 
houses built upon the sand. Are men to sit in cushioned lux- 
ury with their associates in the hope that ease and comfort will 
bind their affections together in an indissoluble knot ? Are they 
to be anything from idle nobodies to apostles of a loose moral- 
ity ? Such men are the dregs of the cup, — they are the very 
flies of society moving everywhere with an incessant and aggra- 
vating buzz, staining, polluting what they touch but for which 
the keenest ingenuity has never discovered a use. Let us for- 
bid the entrance of such pests into our midst. History teems 
with noble examples for us to follow. How can we conscien- 
tiously ignore them ? It takes no keen eye to discern them, 
they are so many and so conspicuous. Need I mention any 
from the vast array of intellectual men to corroborate the state- 
ment, men whose lives have been passed in the intense satisfac- 
tion of their pursuits, whose friendships have had that strength 
and that refinement that find no parallel in a lower existence. 
Those of you who have read Mr. Trevelyan's life of his uncle 
will recall the author's beautiful description of the coterie of 
which that distinguished man was so conspicuous a figure. 
How they met night after night in their rooms at Trinity, and 
discuss the great questions of letters, of history, economy or what 
you will, speaking the peologues of their future lives, rehearsing 
their parts in the great drama they were to play. Charles Aus- 
tin, Bishop Thirlwald and Ellis and men of that stamp were of 
the party. Theirs was a training school indeed. It was an ed- 
ucation which made its probationers oblivious to the specious 
honors of the world and inculcated in Macaulay a lofty ambition 
that found more joy in the composition of his great book than 
in the distinction of a peerage. I know of no more charming 


picture than that of the great historian grown old and grown 
famous retracing with his sister the steps of his boyhood at 
Cambridge, his sympathies aglow and emotions stirred with the 
sweet recollections of his Trinity days. 

With such models before us can we as rational men refuse to 
follow them, and endeavor to make their lives, our lives, and 
their friendships, our friendships ? 

There is a sympathy that infuses us that we flatter ourselves 
it is impossible to dissipate. There is a love we are told of each 
of us for the other mighty and imperishable. But is it so ? Are 
chains forged with a word, sympathy created in a moment, or 
love engendered at command ? Is a man filled with fraternal 
spirit for us all at the close of the ceremony which brings him 
in our midst ? Do we command the currents of the ocean to 
change their course, or the demons of the earth's raging interior 
to cease their hellish uproar, and do we hope to sway a man's 
affections by a form, solemn and impressive though it be? If 
we do then I say vain are our endeavors. A man who is initia- 
ted into our mysteries comes with expectations of a higher es- 
oteric companionship which he has the right to hope for. And 
if we are not ready to proffer it can we complain of the sting of 
bitter disappointment which our novice feels ? He has taken 
an irrevocable step and has gained little. We summon the Genii 
of a deeper friendship, but without the lamp of a higher asso- 
ciation our summons goes unheeded. The man who submits to 
the loss of liberty which the thraldom of an oath implies has 
the right to demand a compensation for it, and we are turned 
into a band of Cagliostros indeed if we make no endeavors to 
secure it for him. 

I have endeavored to show that the one method to be pursued 
by which the higher plane of assoication may be attained and 
by which our Fraternity and ourselves may outrank our sister 
Fraternities and our fellow collegians, is through the higher cul- 
ture of the God-given boon of the intellect. I have attempted 
to portray the disastrous and degrading results of the elevation 
of the sensual over the intellectual in the ground-work of the 
Fraternity, and expose the fallacy of the grosser life. If I have 
failed to convince you it is because the painter is unequal to the 


execution of his ideas, and yet I trust I may have inspired you 
with some of the enthusiasm of my own convictions. 

The question is a Hving one for us all, and especially is it for 
those of you who are now in college to decide whether we are 
to enter that wretched race for mediocrity that so many other 
Fraternities are running, or whether we are to enter those higher 
lists where honorable is the contest and noble is the victory. 
For my own part I have no doubts. My constant desire since 
I have been an A. T. has been to see her rise above her rivals 
not in the vulgar majority of numbers but in the strength and 
refinement of her associations, and my hope is that she may se- 
lect her career with a purpose loftier than self-indulgence and 
seek a path to success where ignorance is contemned and vice 
is intolerable, and that when, as the poet most beautifully says, 
"my weak spirit whispers its last prayer," 1 may feel a conscious 
pride in a life-long membership with such a Fraternity, mingled 
with a thankfulness for the lustre of the brilliant reputation of 
our glorious brotherhood. 


The more intense one's labors are, the more narrowing their 
effect upon the mind. Intensifying work however has its ad- 
vantages. It is the impulsive and sustaining force of the single 
body, but for this very reason, it wants the time to look out 
upon others and to study the laws in operation between individ- 
uals, the combined and correlative action of which constitute a 
system. The work of the college student in his own institution 
or chapter, if he be in earnest, must of necessity be intensifying. 
It therefore becomes essential that there should be as a counter, 
or rather, as a complementary force some broadening power or 
influence at work. To discuss a few of these is the purpose of 
this paper. 

We were impressed with nothing more during our attendance 
upon the last Congress than its effect in giving one a fuller and 
more extended view of the mission and possibilities of the col- 
lege fraternities. One who in some reflective moment had asked 


himself while at college, "What is all this worth ? must have 
been convinced during the session of this Congress that there 
are high and noble ends for the fraternity which are not to be 
reached inside of the college walks. The members of the broth- 
erhood here were given some conception of its extensive influ- 
ence and its power — a conception not possible to one confined 
to the precincts of his chapter. This then is the first of the 
broadening influences to be noticed. Our Congress is not sim- 
ply the general legislative body of the order : it is the medium 
through which is infused a spirit of liberality and breadth, and 
which shows to the individuals that he is a worker in a great 
organization where influence extends beyond the college into 
the domains of professional and business life. If such is its im- 
portance then, let us learn to appreciate it more. Let each 
member feel that his presence there will be recognized and es- 
teemed. To be sure, the business of legislation must be com- 
mitted to the hands of the delegates, but there is a place and 
work for any man who feels an interest in the fraternity at our 
congressional sessions. 

The second influence under this head is an important one and 
we shall therefore have to give more space to it than to the one 
just discussed. Man naturally desires that anything which has 
claimed his time, attention and love shall live longer than a day, 
that it may continue to cheer and bless as the years roll by. 
We do not mean to say that there is not a great deal in remi- 
niscence to endear one forever to the college chapter, and every 
one who has a soul cannot forget or cease to love it. In this 
way its influence continues to live and its beneficence is ex- 
tended. Nor do we mean to say that to one who has an ambi- 
tion to bless future generations of youths and to contribute to a 
noble work there is not a field in strengthening and giving char- 
acter to the local chapter. No chapter can be true to itself and 
do the work for which it was designed and which is expected of 
it that is not such an influence. But admitting all this, there yet 
remains something else to be done. In other words, admitting 
that the college fraternity does strengthen the moral tone of the 
individual student while at college, and looking beyond this to 
the fact that its influence becomes a part of his character and is 


of benefit in the after pursuits of life, we must acknowledge that 
there is a demand for organized effort to subserve this end. 

The leading question in fraternity work-to-day it strikes us is, 
"How shall we retain a hold on the alumni ?" In our opinion 
those men who have gone beyond the pale of the chapter, are a 
most important element in our fraternity, and it is pertinent to 
inquire **are we looking after them as we ought, and do they re- 
ceive the recognition that they should ? Do we not too often 
merely consider them as former active members ?" Now in this 
paper we desire to address ourselves to both the active member 
and to the alumnus. We are considering those influences that 
give expansion and breadth to our brotherhood. We spoke in 
the beginning of the intensifying and narrowing tendency of 
mere chapter work, but there is an influence still more narrow- 
ing at work upon the alumnus who has entered upon the active 
arena of life. His fight for position, or, as is sometimes the 
case, for bread, is an intense one — so intense that often all in- 
terest in fraternity life is lost. What we here say then is appli- 
cable to every member of the order whatever may be his pres- 
ent relations to it. 

The State Alumni Associations are the only hold we have 
upon those who are no longer in the active ranks, and as such 
they become the most important of the influences here under 
discussion. We must keep all interested in the work of the fra- 
ternity. Now as to the correlative influence of the chapters and 
the associations. 

In the chapter there should be kept alive at all times a spirit 
of pride in the work of its alumni. It is all well enough to have 
an ambition that your chapter shall claim first honors, prizes 
and medals in the awards of your faculty, but do not let the men 
who have gone from your hall think that they are no longer con- 
sidered or esteemed. Again let every active member be taught 
to look forward to the time when he shall become a member of 
the State Association as an advance upward in the ranks of the 
fraternity, just as in those organizations having different degrees 
and lodges. Indeed we are almost prepared to advocate making 
the State Association such, by a ritual, paraphernalia and a 
badge of its own. True, such was not the original intent or 


purpose of the order, but everything great among men has been 
developed, just in this way, namely, as necessity called for it. 
We shall not now, however, discuss this pojnt further, but pass 
to the consideration of the duties of the alumnus as correlative 
and complementary to those of the active member just consid- 
ered. If the alumnus feels that the eyes of the chapter are upon 
him, he will naturally be stimulated and strengthened, and, just 
to the extent that he took a pride in his chapter, will he evince 
an interest in his association. There is nothing like feeling that 
a thing is expected of us. To be sure there can be no friction 
or jealousy between the chapter and the association. Each has 
its peculiar work and that of the one cannot be done by the 
other. If we could awaken this sentiment, that the future great- 
ness and glory of the fraternity lie in the work of the alumni, 
we should feel that we had done what must certainly redound to 
the good of the order. What a stimulus such a sentiment would 
be to the alumnus in working out his destiny! What an inspir- 
ation to the active member ! 

The third influence to be noticed is the fraternity organ. Ev- 
ery intelligent member of a church, party or other organization 
must know something of its general work and progress, and 
there is no other way in a fraternity like ours to acquire such 
information than through its constituted organ. In a church, 
with its ministers or priests traveling from place to place, this 
might be possible, but with us this is not the case. Again ev- 
ery great order, as every great nation has its literature in which 
are embodied the thoughts of its leading minds and which con- 
stitutes the index of its life and development. I should just as 
soon expect to find an intelligent Democrat or Republican who 
never read a party newspaper as to find an intelligent fraternity 
man who never read its organ and who was unacquainted with 
its literature. H. N. Felkel, 



It has occurred to the writer that the best means of securing 
a proper consideration of the many topics embraced in the im- 
portant discussions at our last Congress, would be to bring them 
up, with some comment upon each, in this our official organ. 
It is understood, of course, that the proceedings will be printed, 
but apart from this, it is necessary that the striking points be 
brought out **in relief" for fuller and more appreciative consid- 
eration by the members ; by which means the valuable thoughts 
and opinions of our congressional members may not be entirely 
lost when individuals and chapters of Alpha Tau Omega come 
to consider the points in detail. Acting upon this principle I 
have chosen a point which I conceive to be of vital importance 
to the future prosperity of our brotherhood. It is the resolu- 
tion touching upon a feasible method of securing, beyond a per- 
adventure, full representation of all chapters at Congress. This 
resolution, about which there was much said at Congress, will 
be sent to each chapter by the Chief, and I quote from memory: 

''Resolved, That each chapter be required to assess each mem- 
ber of said chapter one dollar per annum for defraying the ex- 
penses of her delegate to Congress ; said sum to be paid into 
the general exchequer, to be disbursed for that purpose by the 
order of the High Council" — or words to that effect. 

In the discussion of this topic one thing only was unanimously 
established — that there is a necessity for such a fund. 

This form of introduction was adopted, as being the best 
which the time afforded, in order to excite the minds of Alpha 
Tau Omegas to a proper consideration of a topic, so important, 
nay so essential to the good of our order. Shall this resolution 
be adopted as it stands ? If so then those voting for it at next 
Congress will have expressed the opinion that, in the first place 
such a fund ought to be raised by a pro rata levy made upon 
active members only ; and in the second, said pro rata should be 
one dollar per annum — no more — no less. Such a plan, I fear, 
would virtually limit the obligation resting upon our alumni, 
of their hearty and liberal support of the order, to only their 


subscription to the Palm and Song Book and occasional ser- 
vices during their possible (not to say probable) occupation of 
a grand office. 

It is true they are at liberty to donate as largely as they de- 
sire, to this good work ; but it is not our experience with alumni 
that they put themselves out much to look up objects upon 
which to bestow their liberality. No, it would be infinitely bet- 
ter if this resolution were changed so as to include alumni also. 
I say this because it seemed to be the intuition of the movers of 
this resolution to project this scheme still further and make the 
present fund the nucleus of a general relief fund for "The good 
of the order." If this be true, then this too should have been 
included in the resolution. It is a wrong principle to keep back 
any portion of so worthy an object to be suddenly broached at 
a future date when those concerned are unprepared for it. Lay 
the whole matter before chapters and alumni and they will be 
ready to assist. Do not dole it out in homoeopathic doses, too 
small to take effect and just large enough to be conveniently lost. 
Let all be sharers in the work. We want no legislation that 
will create drones in our Fraternity hive. There are two years 
yet in which to discuss these measures and there should be no 
excuse for next Congress if some plan for securing the success 
ot this design be not set in operation. And Congress will not 
be so much to blame as our individual members and chapters. 
They are the mind and motive power of which Congress is only 
the expression — and they must discuss and propose what Con- 
gress has only the power to legislate into a fixed law. As to 
the amount of pro rata levy, this is quite another point and un- 
til we know the number of chapters and probable number of 
members, alumni who are solvent and the mean expenses of 
delegates it is impossible for us to write intelligently about it. 
This is a point for High Council or the W. G. K. A. to discuss, 
and I hope they will take the matter up and give it that full con- 
sideration which it undoubtedly deserves. 




Chapter Lbttb^Sp. 


University of Virginia. Feb. 26, '87. 
Editors Palm : Virginia Delta began the current session — 
1886-87 — with only five men, nearly all of her old men of last 
session having laid aside the joys of college and faced the ster- 
ner realities of life. But fortune favors us, so she sent us sev- 
eral fine men whom we knew to be good and true. We found 
no difficulty, therefore, in culling some of the choicest flowers 
wherewith to deck our chapter. After a careful survey of the 
field we initiated the following men : Thomas Jefferson Ran- 
dolph of Charlottesville, Va., Joseph Reid Johnson Anderson 
of Richmond, Va., Wm. Henery Schley of Savannah, Ga., 
Andre Burthe of New Orleans, La., Henry Middleton Hunter 
of West Chester, N. Y., George Kendall Lee of Richmond, Va., 
and Thomas Noble Lindesay of Frankfort, Ky. Let not any 
old Delta start ! There are seven of them. We will spell the 
seven out if you wish it, s-e-v-e-n. We admit, old fel- 
lows, this is a larger number than Delta usually initiates but, 
boys, take my word for it, we made a ten strike this time. This 
gives us a chapter roll of twelve men. Our officers are as fol- 
lows : Geo. Wayne Anderson, W. M. ; J. R. A. Hobson, W. 
C. ; Archer Anderson, W. K. E. ; W. P. W. Brickell. W. S. ; 
F. E. Corbet, W. U. ; Andre Burthe, W. S. and Wm. H. Schley, 
W. K. of A. We feel rather strange at not having any affilia- 
ted brothers, as we almost invariably have some two or three. 
This leads me to remark that the Delta has a very warm place 
in her heart for Tenn. Omega. For several years past we have 
had some son of Omega with us, and her sons have always done 
credit both to her and to us. Come up again Omega and let 
us always have a similar bond between us ! Then there's S. C. 
Alpha — Phi, too — we'll bet her a treat she can't send us another 


Billy Preston ! To return to our present status I would respect- 
fully submit that while it is true old Delta sadly misses the in- 
exhaustible Bill Preston ; while it is true that her heart still 
yearns for *old Jack Mosby' and her eye seeks in vain for 
'Stoutsy's' portly dignity yet as the oldest man present I con- 
gratulate the chapter and the Fraternity on the personnel of Va. 
Delta. I would blush even down to my pen point to repeat all 
the nice things that I have heard of the boys ; and even to 
think of it makes the blood thrill in my veins, and I long for 
the abandon of Jack Mosby, or the scornful and annihilating 
enthusiasm of old Wat. Addison. Then sirs I should dare to 
write just what I do think of Virginia Delta. 

But alas ! such modesty is mine that I dare only indicate the 
strength, the confidence, and the courage with which we wait 
for the future to ripen into golden fruit all the budding hopes 
that crown Virginia Delta. 

This much I will say though for the benefit of my old com- 
rades in arms, that the Delta of '8/ bears proudly aloft the en- 
viable escutcheon that has descended to her and in the words of 
our old campaigns, Jack, I respectfully submit — no I rise above 
submit — I respectfully protest that there is nowhere a body of 
more thoroughly high-toned, honorable, and complete gentle- 
men than the Delta of '86-'87. 

Geo. Wayne Anderson, Jr., 



Salem, Va., Feb. 15, 1887. 
Editors Palm : It is my very pleasant duty, for the first time, 
to write to the Palm. As I enjoy reading letters from the other 
chapters so much, I know that they would like to hear from us 
also. Va. Epsilon at present numbers eight men with a pros- 
pect of more soon. Since our last letter we have initiated two 
new men. They are brothers W\ A. and J. M. Deaton, from 
China Grove, N. C. They will both make good Alpha Taus. 
Of course they need no higher praise. Bro. Gose was com- 
pelled to leave college on account of the illness of his father, 


and will not return to college this session. In his departure we 
lose one of our best members. 

We are using every endeavor to furnish our little Temple of 
Friendship, and have partially succeeded in doing so. We hope 
to have the nicest fraternity hall at college by Commencement. 
At that time we are expecting several of our former members 
to visit us. Hoping to have the pleasure of reading the Palm 
very soon, I am, Fraternally yours, 

A. S. Heilig, 



Central University, Richmond, Ky., Feb. 17, 1887. 
Editors Palm : Your note asking for chapter letter reached 
me Friday. I had almost forgotten that I had a letter due, for 
we have been so busy lately in improving our chapter that we 
have hardly had time for anything. We have at last, I believe, 
succeeded in placing it on a firm basis. We have at last secured 
some By-Laws perfectly satisfactory to all our members and 
they now await the approval of the Worthy Grand Chief. The 
chapter roll contains the following names : W. R. Shackelford, 
'87, Edwin Byar, '87, J. A. Johnson, '88, R. W. Miller, '88, R. 
H. Adams, '89, R. G. Belding, '90, C. A. Carroll, '90, Litchfield 
Taylor, '90, Edwin S. Ely, '90, and Fratres in Urbe, as follows : 
Dr. T. J. Taylor, (Va. Delta), Harry Turner (Va. Beta), Newland 
Jones and T. J. Smith, Jr. (Ky. Zeta). The last election resulted 
as follows: W. M., W. R. Shackelford; W. C, Edwin Byar; 
W. K. E., J. A. Johnson ; W. K. A., R. H. Adams ; W. Sc, R. 
G. Belding; W. U., Litchfield Taylor; W. S., C. A. Carroll; Cor- 
respondent, R. W. Miller. We have set on foot a library scheme, 
and have already collected quite a number of volumes. We 
have also connected with our hall a reading room, in which we 
keep all the leading papers of the country. This, I assure you, 
is a great scheme. It is certainly the best hit we have yet made 
as a chapter. It brings us continually together, thus promoting 
fraternal love and fellowship — encourages constant discussions 
on leading topics, and compels each man to think for himself. 


We certainly expect to reap a rich harvest from this venture, 
both as a chapter and as individuals. Kentucky Zeta has now 
a regular correspondence committee, whose duty it is to ex- 
change at least two letters with each chapter during the scho- 
lastic year. News from any and every chapter in Alpha Tau 
Omega will be very encouraging. We want to know just as 
much as possible about Alpha Tau Omega, and the chapters of 
which she is composed, and are willing to try anything which 
will bring us into closer communication and relationship with 
those for w'hom we feel a brother's love. 


Bro. C. Scott, '89, has returned to his home in Little Rock, 
Ark., and we miss the "Old Madam" and her genial manners 

Bro. W. E. Blanton, '86, is permanently located in Little Rock. 
Bro. W. E. Cabel, '86, is reading law at his home in Camp 
Knox, Ky. 

All chapter communications to be addressed to R. W. Miller, 
Richmond, Ky. With much fraternal love, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

R. W. Miller, 



Farmdale, Ky., Feb. 3, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The account of the Atlanta proceedings, Dec. 
29th, '86, afforded all the members of the Ky. Mu a great deal 
of pleasure. It was a grand convention, as Bro. H. Neely ex- 
claimed in our chapter. Methinks I see you all seated in the 
great hall of the Kimble House where his Excellency the Gov- 
ernor addressed you in words befitting the dignity of that au- 
gust Fraternity. Methinks I see you, Bro. Editor, in the midst 
of the affiliated sisterhood, "sapienti sat." I regret very much 
that the correspondent of the Ky. Mu did not make up his mind 
to travel to the Alpha Tau Omega Mecca where a chance of 
seeing that ponderous block, suspended in the air, might have 



presented itself to his wondering eyes ; but ''distance lends en- 
chantment to the view." 

Since the arrival of the new year many thoughts fleeted 
through my mind and caused me to reflect on the mutability of 
things in general. Will the new year bring what the old year 
brought ? Changes of course take place. 

The personnel of our chapter has been somewhat modified : 

Maj. S. R. Allen, W. M.; Maj. G. R. Klinkhard, W. C; Lieut. 
Th. Brewer, W. S.; Cadet H. Neely, W. E.; Adjt. H. C. Allen, 
W. K. A.; Cadet Th. Hardin, W. U.; Cadet N. Gaines, W. S. 

We had one accession since I wrote you my last epistle. Bro. 
A. Speir, Orlando, Fla., was admitted in the Alpha Tau Omega 
brotherhood. Several other cadets were proposed, but failed to 
come up to the approved standard of harmonious sounds — that 
means, they were rejected. 

I am sorry to write that Bro. G. S. King left us in Dec. '86. 
He returned to Louisiana, his home. Impaired health com- 
pelled that good brother to look for a more genial clime. Bro. 
J. Hillman bid adieu to the Ky. Mu in Jan. He returned to 
Birmingham, Ala., intending to grow with that place and ex- 
pecting a boon that will surpass all the boons of this sublunary 
planet. Last but not least Bro. Harry McKay returned to 
Bardstown, Ky., where he will superintend the completion of 
the new rail road, devoting his spare moments to the cultivation 
of the more refined and tender qualities of the heart. 

"Gather the rose buds while ye may, 

Old Time is still a flying ; 
And that same flower that blooms to day, 

To-morrow shall be dying." 

Bros. J. Spurr and Dan Hillman favored us with a transient 
visit, they hailed from Nashville, Tenn. We were well pleased 
with their stylish and urbane manners. As they are gentlemen 
of means and leisure, a trip across the Big Pond is in prospectu ; 
it is hard to tell for what purpose. I am under the impression 
that they are going to join either Gen. Boulanger's army or to 
congratulate Emperor William on his 90th birth-day. They 
may take a smoke with Bismarck and induce him to become an 
Alpha Tau Omega. Bro. W. Berry from Louisville, Ky., was 



also here. I had a pleasant talk with Bro. Berry. Bro. Tom 
Davis writes to me from Argenta Oil Mill, Ark., that he ob- 
tained a lucrative position as book-keeper. Bro. Tom bore off 
the gold medal in the Commercial Course. Bro. L. Hardin is 
at Bryant & Stratton's C. College, Louisville, Ky. He is in fa- 
vor of the civil service reform. Bro. J. L. Patty resides in Macon, 
Miss., and is a cotton factor. Bro. Joe sustained an irreparable 
loss by the death of a beautiful and amiable friend that was dear 
to his heart. I feel for you, Joe, and that you are going to Cal- 
ifornia does not surprise me at all. By the way one of our 
brothers was elated on hearing that so va^jay foine gentlemen of 
the cloth were present at the Atlanta convention. This was 
very natural, considering that he intends to make the round of 
this evangelical world "per pedes Apostolorum." We all share 
his opinion — we all are proud to be in such good company. 

There is a favorable opportunity of reviving the old Omicron 
chapter at Bethel College, Russelville, Ky. We have forwarded 
letters for that purpose and we were honored with an encourag- 
ing answer. No "Sub Rosa" there. 

My letter has been spun out at greater length than I at first 
anticipated, consequently, good night to you all. 

"Thick waters show no images of things ; 

Friends are each other's mirrors, and should be 
Clearer than crystal, or the mountain springs, 

And free from cloud, design, or flattery, 
For vulgar souls no part of friendship share, 
Poets and friends are born to what they are." 


Univ. of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., March ist, 1887. 
Editors Palm : Our regular correspondent, being absent, has 
requested me to write our chapter letter for this number (|f the 
Palm. The University will not open until the 17th inst., and 
for this reason we cannot send you much news. The brothers, 
distantly scattered as they are, are looking forward, no doubt, to 
our approaching reunion with many anticipations of pleasure, 
notwithstanding those regrets which inevitably attend the last 
days of "vacation." 


We shall, I fear, miss two true and trusty brothers this term, 
W. H. Ruth and B. F. Finney. Their places will be hard to fill, 
but we must make up, by renewed energy, for the loss which 
their departure will cause us. We have seventeen active mem- 
bers, students of the University, besides five members of the 
Faculty. Since our last letter we have received into our num- 
ber brother A. W. Patterson, of Montana, and have much pleas- 
ure in introducing him to the brothers. Our W. M., brother C. 
L. Steel, was ordained this Winter by Bishop Quintard, and is 
at present working at Covington, Tenn., where he has charge of 
a mission. 

Work on our chapter house has been steadily progressing, 
and it is now almost ready to receive us. Although it already 
presents a handsome and imposing appearance we intend to 
embellish it still further, and to add to its attractions from time 
to time. I cannot conclude without alluding to our recent Con- 
gress where I had the good fortune to be present, and which, I 
can truly say, I enjoyed immensely. The large attendance of 
brothers from all sections, the interest manifested in the welfare 
of the Fraternity, and the cordial and unvarying brotherly kind- 
ness which pervaded all the proceedings, made me realize more 
deeply than ever before the value and strength of our Society. 
Truly no Alpha Tau can leave such a meeting without feeling 
proud of his brothers, and without being encouraged to work 
more energetically for the cause. 

Fraternally yours. 

J. E. H. Galbraith, 

Correspondejit pro tern. 


Athens, Ga., Feb. i6, 1887. 
Editors Palm : Since Congress the Ga. Alpha Beta chapter 
has had more enthusiasm in her than in any whole year pre- 
vious since I became a member, in Oct. '83. At every meeting 
we have a full attendance and each brother bubbles over with 
Congress, Alpha Tau Omega and enthusiasm. All the brothers 
who attended Congress are unanimous in saying that, in that 
week, they became more thoroughly acquainted with the inter- 


nal workings of the fraternity than they would have done in a 
year or two of chapter Hfe alone. And all those who did not 
attend are unanimous in their regrets. 

Heretofore some of the boys could hardly be persuaded to 
respond to "good of the order," but now they are not only will- 
ing but anxious for an opportunity. Congress helped us a great 
deal, but there is another thing which lends enthusiasm also, 
that is our number, we have a larger chapter now than at any 
time for five or six years previous. 

We have now fourteen members in college besides Bro. A. F. 
Bishop, class '84, whom you doubtless remember. And right 
here I will say that Bro B. is a model alumnus ; would that we 
had more such. He takes a deep interest in Alpha Tau and is 
as active a worker as any one in the chapter. 

In my last letter 1 told you that Bro. Pottle, class of '84, and 
Bro. Howard, of Ga. Alpha Zeta, would enter the Law Depart- 
ment after the holidays. They were on hand promptly, and 
are a host in themselves. Bro. Pottle you have heard from fre- 
quently in connection with Ga. Alpha Beta and consequently 
know what a fine fellow he is. Bro. Howard you have doubt- 
less also heard of. I will say for my chapter, a finer fellow never 
honored it with his membership, and while I am sorry that the 
Alpha Zeta boys had to lose such a man, I am very glad indeed 
that Alpha Beta was the one to get him. 

Since the holidays we have initiated a new brother whom I 
take pleasure in introducing to the fraternity, Bro. R. L. Meador 
of Stone Mountain, Ga. 

Bro. Lawrence who has been at home for some time recuper- 
ating from an attack of measles is again with us. 

It is possible that we will initiate one or two more men in a 
short while as there are three names before the chapter now. 

Yours fraternally, 

H. Key Milner, 




Auburn, Ala., Feb. 7, 1887. 

Dear Palm : I have been too busy with my intermediate ex- 
aminations to write sooner, so will write now, hoping that my 
letter will not be too late for your next issue. 

Since my last letter there has been a decided change made in 
our chapter. Brother B. B. Ross, one of Alpha Epsilon's no- 
blest sons, has left us and is now Prof, of chemistry at the Lou- 
isiana State University, situated at Baton Rouge. He has re- 
cently suffered from a rather serious accident, having the mis- 
fortune to get some chemicals in his eyes while at work. I am 
delighted to say that he is much better and is now able to return 
to his duties as Prof. L. F. Howell, a dear brother, has also left 
us and gone to Atlanta, Ga., where he is studying law. Brother 
Milstead has gone home, for a short stay, on account of sickness. 

Although we lament the loss of the brothers that have left 
us, still we rejoice to have brother Burton back with us, and we 
all give him a hearty welcome. 

Since brother Howell's departure Mr. C. W, Simmons, a 
Kappa Alpha, has his place as major, and brother W. H. New- 
man has Mr, Simmons' place as captain of Company A. 

Since Christmas we have had several visits from our brothers : 
Brother A. F. Bishop spent a week with us ; we all enjoyed his 
visit very much, as did some of the sisters ; brother McCarty 
was with us a short while ago ; he preached in the Methodist 
church here on the night of the 30th of last month ; brother J. 
S. N. Davis has paid us several visits. 

We are always glad to see any of the brothers, so any that 
can make it convenient to visit Auburn will be heartily wel- 
comed by Alabama Alpha Epsilon. 

We have been some time without a hall to meet in, as the 
hall is all torn up, and so far we have not been able to get any 
one to fix it ; but this state of affairs shall not last, as we are 
obliged to have a hall to meet in before we can take a proper 
interest in the Fraternity, so we will get somebody to do the 
work right away, cost what it may. 

Alpha Epsilon had a fair representation at the Congress in 


Atlanta : Brother H. S. Persons (our delegate), brother B. B. 
Ross (the delegate from the State Association), brother Howard 
Lamar, brother L. F. Howell, and your humble servant, all be- 
ing present. Brothers J. S. N. Davis, T. P. Zellars, and M. E. 
Hill, alumni of this chapter, were also there. It is enough for 
me to say that we all enjoyed ourselves ever so much, and were 
delighted to meet brothers Glazebrook, Baker, Branham, and all 
the others. Of course it inspired us with new life and deter- 
mination to do our part for Alpha Tau Omega, to see all the 
chapters take so much interest in each other and try to make 
our convention second to none of those of the Greek letter fra- 
ternities. I will leave the details and particular points of inter- 
est to be discussed by some more able writers. 

I send this list of our chapter by request : Vassar L. Allen, 
Montgomery, Ala. ; Berton M. Bishop, Athens, Ga.; Alonzo F. 
Cory, Mulberry, Ala.; P. L. Hutchinson, Chipley, Ga.; E. R. 
Lloyd, Auburn, Ala.; George H. Lamar, Auburn, Ala.; Edwin 
Macartney, Mobile, Ala.; Frank D. Milstead, Tallassee, Ala.; 
John Milton, Marianna, Fla.; Wilson H. Newman, Auburn, Ala.; 
Frank H. Perry, Auburn, Ala.; H. Stamford Persons, Auburn, 
Ala.; T. D. Samford, Opelika, Ala.; W. L. Robertson, Birming- 
ham, Ala.; W. T, Staten, Valdaster, Ga.; Wm. K. Terry, Birm- 
ingham, Ala.; Chilton Thorington, Montgomery, Ala.; Fred. H. 
Vernon, Cusseta, Ala. Alumni: Howard Lamar, Auburn, Ala.; 
Ben. S. Burton, Auburn, Ala. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

Berton M. Bishop, 



Mercer Univ., Macon, Ga., Jan. 31st, 1887. 
The affairs of Georgia Alpha Zeta still move along smoothly, 
and we always manage to keep ahead of our rivals. It is with 
a feeling of pride that we say that no set of students in this col- 
lege stand higher in the estimation of the citizens of Macon, the 
college Faculty and our sister fraternities. We have endeavored 
as near as possible to collect together a congenial set of fellows. 


We have no cranks and I venture the assertion, in spite of our 
large membership, that in no chapter of our fraternity does more 
unity of thought and sentiment exist, than is to be found in Al- 
pha Zeta. All the brothers seem to feel that the one end to be 
attained is the good of Alpha Tau Omega and every brother 
joins in working to that end. We are friendly with all our ri- 
vals, in fact there is not the slightest spark of bitter feeling ex- 
isting at present among any of the fraternities at this college. 
With regard to membership we are ahead of all the others, our 
chapter being composed of an active membership of twenty- 
three all good Alpha Taus, tried and true. Next in numbers 
comes Phi Delta Theta with twenty-one members. The Kappa 
Alphas (Southern) comes third with an active membership of 
eighteen. The Sigma Nu's have nine members and Sigma Al- 
pha Epsilon five. All of the chapters are composed of good 

It is probable that a college annual will be issued about Com- 
mencement by the five frats. All hope the scheme will prove a 
success and I see no reason why it should not. There is con- 
siderable literary talent among the students and we are fortunate 
enough to have a good artist among the students. It is an ex- 
periment with us and the result is watched with considerable 
anxiety. Spring Term exams, are going on and we all hope 
and the chances are good that all of our boys will come forth 
with flying colors. 

We have decided to discontinue the Alpha Tau Omega Read- 
ing Club for the present as much of the old time interest in the 
club had died out. We do not propose to drop it permanently. 
We hope to give our young lady friends a reception before long, 
and as a matter of course we will not fail to have one of our fa- 
mous banquets at Commencement. 

At our last meeting in January we held our regular election 
of officers which resulted as follows : W. M., Jas. B. Fitzgerald ; 
W. C, B. M. Foreman; W. K. E., Wm. E. Hawkins; W. K. A., 
Roland S. Ellis; W. S., Jas. W. Wilkinson ; VV. U., Jas. D. Kil- 
patrick; W. S., J. W. Smith; Correspondent to Palm, W. K. 

Our chapter is anxious to purchase a complete set of Regalia. 


Any brother kindly informing us where a complete set can be 
obtained will do us a great favor. The history of our chapter 
is now in the hands of a committee which is using every effort 
to secure information concerning our alumni. 

We are delighted at the rapid strides made by old Alpha 
Beta. Their chapter is now composed of fine material and ev- 
ery effort is being used to bring the chapter to the lead at the 
University of Georgia. Bro. J. D. Howard, formerly of our 
chapter, is now with them taking a law course. "Jay" is an un- 
tiring worker and will do good in his new field. 

Upon our return after the holidays all the brothers were 
grieved to learn that brothers Orr, May, and Geo. Williams 
would not be with us this term. It was sad news for us as all 
were noble brothers and fine students. Bro. Williams will prob- 
ably return next session. Hoping I have not bored you with 
my letter I will close with a few personals. 

Bro. S. H. Rogers is head book-keeper of the wholesale gro- 
ery house of C. H. Rogers & Co. 

Bro. Boone, '86, is with Harrold, Johnson & Co., Americus, 
Ga. Boone makes a fine office boy. 

Bro. Baldy, '85, is taking a theological course at the seminary, 
Louisville, Ky. 

Bro. Malcolm DuPont Jones, '85, has charge of a fine school 
near this city. 

Five Alpha Taus are in the wholesale hardware business in 
this city. Bros. E. P. Anderson, Cuyler Findlay and Jas. Mc- 
Caw are with Johnson 81 Lane. Charlie Taylor is with Dunlap 
and Wortham. Richard Findlay is with Farquhar & Co. 

Joe Singleton is a <*knight of the grip." He travels for his 
father's wholesale shoe house. 

Bro. Weaver is a dentist. His home is Eatonton, Ga. 

Bro. J. W. Clisby has gone into the plumbing business. He 
will probably build us a chapter house in a few years. 

Bro. B. D. Evans, Jr., represents Washington Co., Ga., in the 
State Legislature. He is the youngest member of the body. 

Fraternally yours, 

Walter K. Wheatley, 




Editors Palm : Our old and true correspondent, Bro. "D.,"' 
after having performed his duties to his credit for three years, is 
now resting on his laurels, and it becomes my duty to take his 
place. I am a young brother, having joined only three months 
ago, and am afraid that my letter will not meet with the appro- 
bation of those who may read it. 

Our chapter now contains nine (9) members, and we expect 
to initiate a new man at our next meeting. One of our most 
esteemed brothers left us Christmas, and will notr eturn. We hear 
that he is going to Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, 
New York. We miss him very much and wish him abundant 

We have made arrangements to get full paraphernalia for our 
chapter, and hope to use it at our next initiation. Bro. Chester, 
an old Alpha Tau, is pastor of a very flourishing church in this 
vicinity. Although he is pressed for time, he occasionally meets 
with us and gives us some very encouraging and useful words 
of advice. We enjoy his presence at our meetings very much 
indeed. As this is my first attempt at correspondence with the 
Palm, for fear of boring its readers, I will close, with love to all 
Alpha Taus, and wishes for the welfare of the good old Palm. 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega bonds, 

"J." Sub Rosa, 



Oxford, Ga., Feb. 14, 1887. 

Editors Palm : This chapter is pursuing the lively tenor of 
its way. We have always been energetic and enthusiastic. This 
will explain our wonderful success. 

The Congress of the Fraternity that lately assembled in our 
State, has inspired the members with unbounded confidence in 
Alpha Tau Omega's future. We failed to detect a single fault. 
The grand officers presided with dignity and success. We will 
never forget the busy scene the Kimball House presented, the 




arcade, the galleries, the ball-room, and parlors filled with Alpha 
Taus. We were impressed with the fact that the Alpha Tau 
Omega is a great fraternity. The Southern Alpha Taus were 
highly pleased with our Northern brothers. We want more 
Northern, Eastern, and Western chapters. We have covered 
the South, with two or three exceptions. Georgia is filled with 
wearers of the ''Maltese Cross'' They are from the best fami- 
lies of our State (F. F. G.) 

The Congress held in Atlanta has given the fraternity a great 
advantage over other fraternities. The reason is that it was by 
far the most successful one ever held in Georgia. The effects I 
are far reaching. The Atlanta Constitution is the most noted I 
and successful paper in the South, and the magnificent daily re-/ 
ports that paper gave of our proceedings has made Alpha Tau/ 
Omega well known throughout the Southern States. 1 

Ga. Alpha Theta comes to the front with a larger number of 
active members than any other chapter of the fraternity has had 
in several years. We have "spiked" five men since our last let- 
ter — G. B. Feagin, Feagin, Ga., who was initiated at Atlanta in 
Congress assembled ; F. P. Langley, La Grange, Ga., E. M. 
Threadgill, Miss., M. M. Parks, Oxford, Ga., and L. G. Johnson, 
Danielsville, Ga. 

This is our complete roll, forming a magnificent chapter: J. 
T. Dixon, Ga., G. P. Munro, Ga., W. J. Donovan, Ga., A. G. 
Haygood. Jr., Ga., Joe W^imberly, Ga., F. M. Hawkins, Ga., G. 
S. Tigner, Ga., T. W. Yarbrough, Ga., G. B. Feagin, Ga., E. B. 
Buck, Me., F. P. Langley, Ga., E. E. Overholt, W. Va., H. S. 
Munro, Ga., E. M. Threadgill, Miss, M. M. Parks, Ga., W. T. 
Poole, Ga., J. F. Stewart, Ga., B. A. Wise, Ga., S. J. Cole, Ga., 
W. E. Vaughn, Miss., F. G. Corker, Ga., J. Hardeman, Ga., C. H. 
Tigner, Ga., P. D. Cunningham, Ga., J. T. Johnson, Ga., U. S. 
Bird, Fla., E. A. Tigner, Ga., W. E. Harman, Ga., L. G. John- 
son, Ga. 

The chapter is well distributed in the college classes. Of the 
above i is in the class of '91; 9 in the class of '90; 6 in the 
class of '89; 10 in the class of '88 ; and 3 in the class of '87. 
We are gradually assuming the prestige of long standing. Tenn. 



Omega had better look out for her laurels. We can't build a 
;^I500 chapter house yet though. 

The membership of the fraternities here is as follows : Chi 
Phi, 19; Phi Delta Theta, 25; Kappa Alpha, 16; Delta Tau 
Delta, 16; Sigma Nu, 14; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 7; and Alpha 
Tau Omega, 29. We will say that we have been very careful 
in the selection of our men. 

Nearly every man we have taken from other fraternities. Af- 
ter a chapter gets absolutely and squarely at the head there is no 
difficulty in securing men. There is excitement and pleasure in 
a quick *'rush," but we seldom ta^e the wrong boat. "We are 
riding on the top wave of success." We have appointed a com- 
mittee of six on our annal book, and we will soon close it up 
perfect. Our last chapter election resulted in the election of J. 
T. Dixon, W. M.; B. A. Wise, W. K. E.; E. E. Overholt, W. 
K. A.; L. G. Johnson, W. C; H. S. Munro, W. U.; A. G. Hay- 
good, Jr., W. S.; F. G. Corker, Cor. 

We would like to say one word to all of the chapters. Never 
miss taking in one man every year not connected with a literary 
institution. It will be a great benefit to you, especially where 
a chapter is young. That is certainly a wise provision. 

We omitted to mention in our last letter that Bro. B, A. Wise 
affiliated with this chapter from Ga. Alpha Zeta, F'all term, '86. 
Success to our Mercer chapter. She is one of the best in the 
PVaternity. There is no chapter of better material in the Fra- 
ternity than the Univ. of Ga. chapter. We hear with pleasure 
that she is rapidly going to the front in every way. We wish 
to acknowledge the compliment paid to this chapter in electing 
one of our alumni, Hon. W. A. Haygood, Worthy High Chan- 
cellor. With love to all in the bonds, I am. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 
Frank G. Corker, 



Adrian College, Feb. 26, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The last copy of the Palm lies before me 
filled as it is with its genial words of brotherly love and encour- 


agement, at the same time bringing its message of peace and 
good will, and suggesting ghostly visions of unpaid subscriptions. 
It is truly "a thing of beauty ;" but to be "a joy forever" it must 
come without the burden of back accounts dangling from its 
branches. Our brothers have made a solemn vow henceforth 
to allow no such delinquencies to occur ; and, in order to make 
it a thing of unmitigated j.oy, have determined to keep "square" 
with the Palm if they have to sacrifice their board bills. 

We are almost at the close of another term's work, and a very 
profitable one for us, not only in the line of regular duty, but 
from a fraternal standpoint we have reason to rejoice and be 
glad. The fraternity spirit is much stronger this term than for 
many years. Every man in school who is worthy of member- 
ship in such an organization is eagerly sought after. The ardent 
worker by night and by day may be seen cornering his prey and 
pouring into his ears delightful accounts of the golden mysteries 
of fraternal brotherhood, separated from him only by the thin 
film of a motley curtain, and the chimerical goat. If his victim 
shows signs of doubt or hesitation, he simply 

"Sings a more wonderful song 
Or tells a more wonderful tale." 

Converts to the secret faith are numerous. Since my last letter 
we have initiated four men of whom we may well be proud. 
The names of our new brothers, whom I take pleasure in intro- 
ducing to you, are as follows: F. C. Hamilton, O., B. A. Brooks, 
Mich., R. C. Wise, O., and A. E. Fletcher, Pa. 

Our prospects have never been brighter. Hitherto we have 
been at a great disadvantage on account of a lack of men. This 
barrier is no longer in our way. Our number is not only much 
larger, even under a somewhat conservative method of selection, 
but is made up of the best class of men in college. We have 
not ceased *'spiking," nor do we intend to do so, while a single 
fish remains in the pond which would be the better for being 
dished up on our plate. We trust that our constantly growing 
success will not blind but rather spur us on to more active and 
thorough effort. 

We are looking forward to a pleasant time in June, when we 
expect to have a glorious banquet and a general good time, as 



many of the old brothers have signified their intention of being 
with us at Commencement. 

You asked in your recent card that I should give you our 
impressions of the last Congress held at Atlanta. Unfortunately 
our impressions are not so vivid as to justify transmission to pa- 
per. Contrary to all expectations we failed to be represented, a 
fact for which we are truly sorry. I presume we shall be held 
responsible for our apparent negligence ; and an explanation re- 
quired, which 1 shall most gladly make. J. H. Smith, who was 
chosen to represent us, started on his mission and when at Day- 
ton, O., was recalled by telegram to attend to urgent business 
which necessitated his immediate presence. The Bro. at once 
telegraphed Bro. O. L. Foster, at Fostoria, O., who was our alter- 
nate. By negligence on the part of the telegraph operator the 
message was never delivered. So while we were all resting se- 
cure in the belief that Bro. Smith was mingling with his many 
brothers of the South and rejoicing in Georgian hospitality, and 
while Bro. Foster in strict accord with holiday tenets was inno- 
cently pursuing the sprightly hare and fox-squirrel over his na- 
tive hills, the above named grentleman was in the neighborhood 
of 700 miles away from his destination attending to legal business, 
a fact of which none of us were aware until we returned to school 
eager to hear the news from Congress. We sincerely regret 
that it turned out so, and fain would have had it otherwise. It 
was certainly not our fault that it occurred thus, as you clearly 
see ; and we are extremely sorry that circumstances combined 
to defeat our purposes. We hope to atone for this at another 

But I have already, no doubt, consumed too much space. 
With love to all the brothers, I remain, 

Fraternally yours, 

H. R. Stark, 



Mt. Union, O., Feb. 19, 1887. 
Editors Palm : One year ago it was my privilege to write 
Ohio Alpha Nu's letter for the Palm. The brothers having 


again requested me to send in the chapter letter, I cheerfully 
comply. Since we last wrote you we have been in deep sorrow. 
In September, Death visited our happy home and took from it 
our beloved Brother, G. A. Gatehell. It was with the deepest 
feeling of sorrow and remorse that the members of Ohio Alpha 
Nu received the sad intelligence, '^Bro. Gatehell is dead!' He 
had been sick about two weeks, yet no one thought of his being 
dangerously ill until within a few hours of his death. Bro. 
Gatehell was initiated into our chapter about one year ago, yet 
the short time he was with us, he had greatly endeared himself 
to every member of the chapter — by his noble manhood and 
genuine Christian character. We feel his loss keenly, yet we 
are comforted by the thought that we, and all who knew him, 
are the better for his having lived. 

The funeral was in charge of the chapter, and the brothers did 
everything in their power to show their love and respect for the 
dead. This is the first death our chapter has had to record. 

For various reasons our chapter was not represented in the 
last Congress. Though not having a representative there, yet 
our hearts and well wishes were with the brothers in their noble 
work. We feel pleased to know the next meeting of Congress 
will be in our own State. Our chapter can be depended upon 
in the effort to make the next meeting of Congress a grand suc- 

At present our number is small — five men — but it will not 
long remain so. Owing to the arrangement of the college terms 
the students are enabled to teach during the Winter and yet not 
lose their standing in college. Bros. Cully, Roberts, Earseman, 
Moore, Douglass, Wilson, Robinson, Peck and Busselle are at 
present all engaged in that noble calling and will soon return to 
again enliven our chapter hall with their genial presence. 

Our chapter will have two men in the class of '8/ — brothers 
Cully and Wilson. Both of them are good, solid men and will 
come in for a share of the honors at Commencement. 

Our Alumni brothers send us from time to time cheering re- 
ports of their success. Ohio Alpha Nu's sons are widely sep- 
arated yet they all have a green spot in their hearts for the old 


chapter-home. I hope this may reach you in time for the March 
number of the Palm. 

Yours Fraternally, 

F. P. Shu maker, 



St. Lawrence Univ., Canton, N. Y., Feb. 23, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It is with a feeling of enthusiasm that I write 
this my first letter to our brotherhood. 

Why, indeed, should enthusiasm not be awakened upon hear- 
ing and reading the news from Atlanta and listening to tales 
concerning the boys who wear the Maltese cross ? 

I have before me the Atlanta Constitution which contains a 
very interesting article in regard to the Alpha Tau Omega Con- 
gress. P>om this I am pleased to note the respect which our 
fraternity commands in the South. 

Bro. McGerry whom we were pleased to send as our delegate 
to Congress comes back to us with glowing accounts. It is 
needless for me to say that he is very favorably impressed with 
our brothers in the South, many of them being men of high 
rank and ability ; and the manner in which he was greeted by 
all demonstrates the fact that no sectional lines are drawn, that 
an Alpha Tau is an Alpha Tau whether he be from the North, 
South, East or West. Words cannot express, says Bro. Mc- 
Gerry, the beauty of our order. Nevertheless we, the absent 
ones, hope we have caught something of the spirit which 
prompts a true brother in Alpha Tau Omega. 

Nothing of particular interest to us has occurred here at col- 
lege since our last letter to the Palm, excepting, perhaps, that 
we have given up our former chapter hall to satisfy the exigen- 
cies of the school, and have now a different location. It of 
course caused us some trouble, but willing hands can do a great 
deal, and we have now a much more beautiful hall than before. 

I will now give a complete list of our active members as de- 
sired. They are as follows : W. B. McGerry, '87, R. Pringle, Jr., 
'88, C. S. Ferris, '88, C. W. Dunn, '88, VV. J. Woods, '88, F. J. 


Duffy, '88, W. T. McElroy, '89, M. D. Quinn, '89, W. H. Carr, 
'89, C. H. Brown, '89, Geo. Murray, '90, E. A. Thornton, '90, 
and E. D. Fleetham, '90. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. H. Brown, 



South Bethlehem, Pa., Feb. 15, 1887. 

Editors Palm : To begin with, after our long silence, we 
wish to make an apology or two. 

As you have probably heard, at Lehigh we are all hard work- 
ers. We do nothing but "grind, grind" from the time we enter 
as verdant Freshmen until we go forth into the world as dignified 
Seniors. Our regular correspondent, brother Morrow, is in the 
class of '87, and he has been so closely confined to his theses 
and graduating duties as to have entirely overlooked the fact 
that three numbers of the Palm have been issued without a 
word from us. At his own request I have been appointed to 
fill the office, and you will hear regularly from us hereafter. 

The affairs of this chapter have never been in a more prom- 
ising condition. We have fourteen faithful members, and in a 
short time will probably initiate four new members. Our broth- 
ers take a leading part in every college event, and four of us 
stand at the head of our classes. One of us is president of the 
Athletic Association, another is chairman of class day commit- 
tee, another is an editor of the Epitome, our college annual. 
But enough of this. If I were to tell of all the honors we have 
taken, I should very soon fill up a volume, besides convey 
the impression that we are boasters, which is not the case. I 
am sorry to say that this year we lose four brothers in the Sen- 
ior class ; and a finer quartette was never turned out by any 

We are planning to have a supper with our brothers in Phil- 
adelphia, which will be very pleasant, if our efforts are success- 

We have at last secured a nice boarding house, where we all 
take our meals together. We are trying to lease a house which 


will hold us all, but as yet have not been able to' secure one 
which suits. And now begging for the forgiveness of our broth- 
ers for our past negligence, and assuring them that they will 
hear from us regularly in future, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

F. D, Campbell, Box 335, 

P. S. We will send orders for Song Book shortly. 

F. D. c. 


Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa., March i, 1887. 

Editors Palm : As newly elected correspondent I am very 
forcibly reminded that chapter letter writing is a kind of com- 
position that I am not at all familiar with. 

In attempting to collect writable materials for this letter I am 
also very forcibly impressed with the fact that at present Greek 
news is very scarce in College. The great activity and rivalry 
of last term among all of the fraternities represented here has 
been followed this session by corresponding inactivity and lull, 
at least so far as the addition of new members is concerned. In 
fact all of the good material for making fraternity men has been 
so carefully worked over that nothing is left behind which we 
would care to have. We had our pick in the beginning of the 
year and are perfectly satisfied with our choice. 

While we are not at present engaged in increasing our mem- 
bership, we are steadily progressing by fulfilling among our- 
selves the principles upon which our glorious fraternity is found- 
ed; thus we have our reward in the mutual love of all the 
brothers and the avowed respect of aliens. 

Our meetings are, as heretofore, both entertaining and profit- 
able. Prize fighting among the preliminary exercises has been 
abandoned by the mutual consent of the principals. Indictment 
and trial by jury for all real or fancied offences against the per- 
son or character of all within the jurisdiction of Alpha Upsilon, 
has been substituted in its place. In consequence of this sev- 
eral members of our chapter are now under heavy bail for their 
good conduct in the future. 


We received a full and glowing report of the proceedings of 
our last Congress, convened at Atlanta, from our distinguished 
delegate Bro. C. W. Baker, who is now a Minister of the Gos- 
pel, a member of the High Council, Editor of the Palm, but 
still as ever the same good, jolly Baker. He is our ideal fra- 
ternity man. 

The official report of the proceedings of the tenth Biennial 
Congress of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity has just come to 
hand. Glancing over its pages we are thoroughly convinced 
that it has acted wisely and well in all its deliberations. All of 
the new measures that have been adopted are well calculated to 
carry forward the work of our Fraternity everywhere in its 
efforts to bind men closer together in the ties of our brother- 

Especially do we endorse the timely action of Congress in 
establishing an Endowment Fund for the purpose of defraying 
the expenses of at least one delegate to that body. 

Bro. Baker, in accordance with the late action of Congress 
authorizing him to secure an artist to design and execute a pho- 
tographic coat of arms and picture of our founders, has been 
fortunate in securing the services of Bro. Bateman for this pur- 
pose, who is now an active member of this chapter. 

We feel like congratulating Bro. Baker in securing the ser- 
vices of such an excellent artist and Bro. Bateman on being en- 
trusted with a work that will allow him full scope to display his 
rare artistic talent. 

It is to be hoped that the High Council will act as promptly 
and efficiently as Bro. Baker has done in this matter, in select- 
ing and designing for the Fraternity a suitable banner and also 
appropriate regalia and paraphernalia, which as "visible repre- 
sentatives of a cause" certainly add dignity and impressiveness 
to any organization. 

The ringing address of Bro. Glazebrook at the Capital and 
Governor Gordon's eloquent reply, the speeches made by Mr. 
Hemphill and Mr. H. VC. Grady, the orator of the South, con- 
vince us more strongly than ever of the fact that ere long there 
will be no North or South, no East or West, but simply the 


United States, united not only in name but also in truth. Unity 
of interests will be the common bond of union. 

Our officers are as follows : S. E. Bateman, W. M.; R. F. 
Fetterolf, VV. S.; G. Holzapfel, W. K. E.; W. F. Steck, W. C; 
N. E. Yeiser, W. K. A.; H. A. Spangler, W. S.; W. S. Lee, W. U. 

We have quite recently had our chapter hall insured for the 
amount of one hundred dollars, so that we can feel perfectly 
safe in case of fire. 1 must close this long letter. With best 
wishes of success to all the true and noble brothers of our Fra- 
ternity. Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

W. F. Steck, 



South Carolina College, Columbia, S. C, Jan. ii, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Through neglect we have failed to represent 
our chapter in the last two issues of the Palm, but trust this will 
reach you in time for insertion. 

It is with great pleasure that we communicate the unusually 
prosperous condition of our chapter at present. Last October, 
at the opening of college, we had nine men to return and since 
have initiated three — Wm. Butler, Greenville, S. C; Daniel H. 
Hanckel, Charlestown, S. C; Theodore C. Smith, Madison, Fla. 
— which raises our number to twelve, as many as we have ever 

At our last election the result was as follows : Edwin W. 
Breeden, W. M.; James N. Alford, W. C; Wm. A. Edwards, 
W. K. E.; Daniel H. Hanckel, W. K. A.; Theo. C. Smith, W. 
S.; Waddy Thompson, W. U. and Chairman of Hail Committee, 
with Bro. Don. M. Blanding as assistant. 

Since writing our last letter we have remodeled our hall and 
now have it handsomely furnished. We only lack one thing of 
having it complete and that is to exchange an old fashioned, 
dilapidated sofa, which we retain more as an old relic than an 
ornament, for one that will add symmetry to our temple. 

We, I am afraid, will not be able to exchange the above men- 
tioned relic and, in case we cannot, our intentions at present are 


to locate it in our outer court for the accommodation of candi- 
dates for initiation. 

We regret very much our not sending a delegate to Congress, 
but we only had a few days Christmas, and all of our members 
were more or less anxious to spend their time at home. And 
the bottom of our treasury could be easily seen on account of 
our expenses, buying a new out-fit for our hall, &c. We fully 
expected the Congress to be held in Charleston, but of course 
circumstances would not permit it. Bro. Green has just about 
served his term as President of the Euphradian Society. Bro. 
Edwards served as chief marshal during the public contest be- 
tween the two societies in Dec. Bro. Alford has been elected 
as assistant marshal for Commencement exercises in June. 

With many wishes for a successful year to the fraternity at 
large, I am, Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

W. M. Hamer, 




Editors Palm : It has been nearly two months since I arrived 
at the Kimball and was greeted by three brothers representing as 
many Southern States. It had long been my desire to meet the 
college students of the South and especially the Alpha Taus ; 
this desire was now gratified, and I learned that the great differ- 
ence between the students of the two sections had existed only 
in my mind. The first evening, Dec. 28, we met in Bro. Hay- 
good's office and experienced some of that hospitality of which 
all the world has heard. About 9 o'clock the same evening a 
gentleman stepped up to Bro. Ellis and myself and said, "You 
are the fellows I am looking for, my name is Glazebrook." 
This was the man of whom I had heard so much, but the half 
of his good qualities has never been told. 

Brother Daniel was also present and remained until the last; 
certainly he did because'the banquet did not occur until the last 
evening. The next morning Congress opened, and there was 
no grouping, such as some of the delegates saw at Philadelphia. 
During the brief time we were in session, I became acquainted 



with nearly every one of the one hundred brothers present. 
Much ignorance was displayed by the delegates when reference 
was made to the Constitution and secret work. Every active 
member of Alpha Tau Omega should be able to give all the 
secret work and the substance of the Constitution. There was 
a difference of opinion on several questions, but a great amount 
of business was transacted and each delegate was willing to do 
his part of the work. The selection of the Grand Officers and 
High Council was made with great care. Alpha Psi feels highly 
honored in the selection of W. G. C. and Orator. Brother Jones 
has done such good work as W. G. K. A. that the present offi- 
cer will no doubt be able to furnish us a catalogue. The session 
held the evening of Dec. 30th will ever be remembered by all 
who were present. The speeches of brothers Glazebrook, Hop- 
kins, Baker, Haygood, Home, Branham, &c., were such as to 
make the brother, whom we initiated for Ga. Alpha Theta, a 
year old in the principles of Alpha Tau Omega. I feel so well 
acquainted with all the brothers that it would be a pleasure to 
refer to each one, but space forbids. 

The picture is anxiously awaited because I want to see how 
brother B. looks when he is not talking and has no song book 
in his hand. The oration delivered by brother Smith was an 
able production and showed that the young lawyer has some 
push, but this quality was better displayed when he led that ex- 
pedition up Lookout Mountain on New Year's Day. I left him 
and brother Jones in the wicked city of Cincinnati. Having 
met these two brothers and brother Thomas, I know that Penn- 
sylvania Tau was not founded in vain. Brother Bishop's method 
of showing his appreciation for the ladies differs somewhat from 
my own. When he comes to Springfield we will have him re- 
spond to Our Girls, providing he has not taken brother Bran- 
ham's advice before that time. Brother Wilkes, the Scientific 
man from Hoboken, was one of the men who can fully appre- 
ciate a good thing as no doubt the brothers who sat hear him at 
the banquet can testify. He has decided to attend every Con- 
gress for the next fifty years. I trust brother Ellis, the heavy 
weight, who fought the war over again with our W. G. C. will 
attend the next Congress. This letter was to contain my im- 


pressions of Congress ; and wish to say that I had heard much 
of Alpha Tau Omega in the South, but the enthusiasm and love 
for our Fraternity surpassed my expectations. Each chapter 
wished to present a good showing and most of them did. The 
interest taken in the Fraternity by our alumni is much greater 
than in most fraternities. We expect to have an Alumni Asso- 
ciation in this State by next June and wish all chapters having 
alumni in this State would give us their address. 

The banquet given by the Ga. brothers was another example 
of the hospitality of our brothers in the Sunny South. We 
could not account for it until Bro. Glazebrook told us that the 
Alpha Taus owned Georgia. The welcome addresses of the 
Mayor and Governor showed that there is a New South. Es- 
pecially did I realize this when the Gov. clapped me on the 
shoulder and said, "You are from Ohio, I am glad to see you 
down here." It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Grady who had 
lately made such a stirring speech in New York City. My trip 
to Atlanta has convinced me of two things, viz., that Alpha Tau 
Omega will soon become a National Fraternity and that we are 
again a nation. I hope to meet many of the brothers at the 
next Congress, and we will do all we can towards returning the 
hospitality of our Ga. brothers. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. A. Krout, 

Delegate, Ohio Alpha Psi. Correspondent 


Simpson College, Indianola, Feb. 14, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Your correspondent is very much afraid that 
Beta Alpha will not be able to add anything to the attractive- 
ness of the March issue of the Palm although we can report the 
most prosperous and profitable term in the history of the chap- 

We have had no initiations since last fall yet our active mem- 
bership is larger this term than ever before and is as follows : 
Bros. Buxton, Consigny, Cook, Cozier, Craig, Dye, Quint, Sa- 
leno, Shaw and Worth, making a total of ten active members. 


We rejoice in again having with us Bro. Cook who is one of 
our charter members. 

The absent brothers as far as heard from are plodding along 
as usual. 

Accompanying you will find our delegate, Bro. Buxton's im- 
pressions of Congress. 

With all confidence in the future prosperity of our chapter 
and of the fraternity at large, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

S. H. Saleno, 



Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 13, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Owing to the sickness of Bro. Francis, our 
regular correspondent, he was unable to write the chapter letter 
this time. I will try and act as his substitute. 

Our chapter is progressing finely although our rivals are many 
and strong. At Congress I was very much pleased to hear that 
all the chapters there represented are in a prosperous condition. 

Owing to lack of material we have initiated no new men since 
last report. 

Bro. Francis, our only Senior, is one of the debaters of the 
Philomathic Society celebration. Brother Jeter was appointed 
as one of the Sophomore speakers to speak at a public enter- 
tainment given by that class. 

The following is a complete roll of our members and resi- 
dence of each. Also the result of last election of officers : Joe 
Billups (W. U.), Columbus, Miss.; H. D. Christian, Meridian, 
Miss.; J. F. Renfro, Opelika, Ala.; R. C. Jeter, Opelika, Ala.; 
H. L. Pugh (W. C), Washington, D. C; E. B. Reynolds (W. 
K. E.), Montivello, Ala.; Arthur Macartney (W. S.), Mobile, 
Ala.; C. P. Caldwell (W. K. A.), Columbiana, Ala.; J. M. Fran- 
cis (W. M.), Jacksonville, Ala.; W. Y. Mitchell, Gainesville, Ala.; 
J. A. Mitchell, Gainesville, Ala.; W. D. Smith, Birmingham, 
Ala.; W. S. Hutton, Birmingham, Ala.; R. L. Mathews, Bir- 
mingham, Ala. 


Bro. Renfro, who was with us last session, returned after 

Bro. Pugh and myself who attended Congress from here, 
were carried away with it, and think that there a va^xv fully real- 
izes the blessing of belonging to so noble a fraternity as Alpha 
Tau Omega. We were very much pleased with Bro. Glaze- 
brook, who is a brother, and 1 may say a father, to every true 
Alpha Tau. Brothers, in him you have a model as a gentleman 
and a brother. 

I cannot close without thanking Bro. J. R. Kennedy of this 
place for the interest he has shown in us, and his untiring efforts 
to aid us ; all who know him can but acknowledge him to be a 
gentleman ; and to every Alpha Tau Omega he is a brother. 

We would be glad to hear from any brother, at any time, on 
any subject. Fraternally, 

R. L. Mathews, 



Washington, D. C, /th March, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Actuated by a strong desire to draw closer 
the bonds of Alpha Tau Omega, the following brothers, some- 
what in the "sere and yellow" but with sap at heart, met at the 
Pacific Building in this city, and organized the D. C. Alumni 
Association: W. H. Lamar, Ala. Alpha Epsilon ; Zach Taylor, 
Va. Alpha; J. M. Powell, N. C. Chi ; M. E. Faison, N. C. Chi ; 
Fairfax Irwin, Va. Epsilon ; E. I. Renick, Va. Epsilon ; E. H. 
Quintard, Tenn. Omega ; J. C. Pugh, Ala. Beta Delta; T. M. 
Norton, Va. Delta; E. M. Gadsden, Va. Beta. The work of 
forming the Association was successfully accomplished and 
many questions of interest to the fraternity discussed. 

The following officers were elected: E. I. Renick, W. M.; J. 
M. Powell, W. C; W. H. Lamar, W. K. E.; J. C. Pugh, W. K. 
A.; T. M. Norton, W. S.; E. M. Gadsden, W. U. 

The Association determined their headquarters should be at 
the law office of Bro. W. H. Lamar, Room 43, 4th floor, Pacific 
Law Building, where wandering brothers will be warmly wel- 
comed. The character of the meetings of this association is 


principally social, and they are held at the various homes of the 

In conclusion it should be stated that Bros. Robert Robert- 
son, Va. Delta, and A. J. Stofer of the ancient Bethel chapter, 
became members at a subsequent meeting. 

Yours in the bonds of Alpha Tau Omega. 

Fairfax Irwin, 



TuLANE Univ., New Orleans, La. 

Editors Palm : I am in receipt of brother Baker's commu- 
nication to me in regard to La. B. E. So I think I had best 
give a history of the chapter, — how she was founded and when. 

I entered this University in October, '86, and fresh from Ky. 
Zeta. I saw there was a good opening for a chapter of our no- 
ble Fraternity ; so I was on the look out for material, when a 
letter from brother Glazebrook came, asking me to start a chap- 
ter. With the assistance of brother Elliott, of Tenn. Omega, we 
approached six men, whom we knew in every way suitable to 
become Alpha Tau Omegas. They consented, and we immedi- 
ately applied for permission to initiate and establish chapter. 
After a short delay the requisite papers came, and we proceeded 
forthwith to initiate them into the secrets and benefits of Alpha 
Tau Omega in the following order: Geo. L. Butler, T. N. Wood, 
J. Q. Moore, Frank Chalaron, George Abbott Waterman, and 
A. H. Somparoe. All were fully and deeply impressed with the 
solemnity and beauty of the obligations which they took upon 
themselves, and I am safe to say that they will not be found 
wanting in upholding the dignity and honor of the Order. 
Hearty congratulations were extended to us from the members 
of Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi chapters here, and wishes were 
expressed for our future welfare and advancement. One week 
after having initiated them, March nth, as W. M., pro tenty I 
called a meeting for the election of officers and other business of 
importance. The election resulted as follows : O. N. O. Watts, 
W. M.; T. N. Wood, W. C; G. Abbott Waterman, W. K. E.; 


J. Q. Moore, W. K. A.; G. L. Butler, W. Sc; Frank Chalaron, 
W. U.; and A. H. Sompayroe, W. St. 

We will soon have our chapter by-laws, &c., finished and will 
send them on for approval. Work has been entered in with 
spirit and we will soon have La. B. E. on a firm foundation and 
one that will last for ages a living monument of the good ac- 
complished by our noble order. 

We will send on as soon as possible subscription for the Palm 
and also the Song Book, but will have to wait for a while as La. 
Beta Epsilon is in the 2nd week of her existence, having been 
founded on March nth. 

I commenced this letter several days ago, but was taken sud- 
denly sick and thus prevented from finishing it. I trust, how- 
ever, it will arrive in time for publication. We will be on time 
for the next Palm, for certain. This letter would have been 
written more than two weeks ago, but I deferred doing it, as I 
did not think it would be in time for the March number, but as 
the time for publication has been delayed, I hope our letter will 
not come too late. 

Perhaps it would be well to state that, according to article in 
Constitution, we have availed ourselves of the permission to in- 
itiate one man outside of the college, and we have been more 
than successful in having Bro J. Q. Moore as a bearer of the 

Our chapter joins in love to her sisters and promises a suc- 
cessful career for La. Beta Epsilon, if there be anything in zeal- 
ous and earnest work. 

With love, I am in the bonds of Alpha Tau Omega, 

O. N. O. Watts, 


Indianola, Iowa, Feb. 14, 1887. 
Dear Bro.: It is with pleasure that I undertake the task of ex- 
pressing myself, through the Palm, as to my impressions of our 
last Congress. This being the first since our founding and my- 
self the first to represent the chapter as delegate I assure you it 
was with no little interest that I looked forward to that event. 


My trip South was in every respect most enjoyable, and I 
confess that my views in regard to Southern hospitality were 
very materially changed. If I should trespass upon your time 
enough to go into particulars I would tell you of my impres- 
sions of Bro. Glazebrook and the other Grand Officers, and in 
fact each individual delegate that I met, but will confine myself 
to the assembly as a whole. Among other notable things was 
the complete harmony that pervaded all the proceedings. While 
each question brought up received due consideration when the 
test came all yielded gracefully to the wishes of the majority. 

As to the amount of business transacted no previous Congress 
can claim more praise, and this, we think, was due to the fact 
that the more important questions were published in the Palm 
and each chapter given a chance to discuss them. The ques- 
tions disposed of were of vital importance to the fraternity and 
will have much to do in shaping its future career. If the pro- 
gressive spirit manifested among the delegates can be taken as 
an example of all the members of the fraternity we predict great 
things for the future of Alpha Tauism. The chapter reports 
were very encouraging and showed good, steady progress in the 
fraternity work. We are certainly to be congraulated on our 
happy choice of officers for the coming two years. While a 
goodly number of the old ones were retained, and just here let 
me thank them for their excellent work in the past, enough new 
ones were elected to infuse more life into the work and help us 
less fortunate to keep up our interest. * 

There is one thing Congress convinced me of and I will men- 
tion it here for I think it is not to be overlooked. I believe 
that nothing has had more to do in destroying the sectional feel- 
ing between North and South than these fraternities. The feel- 
ing that drew our delegates together and caused them to forget 
national differences in their ardor to further the interest of the 
fraternity will go a great way in uniting North and South in 
bonds not to be again broken. 

The simple statement that Congress was a success but poorly 
expresses the feelings of one who was present and participated 
in the proceedings. There is one thing I will always regret 
about the loth Biennial Congress and it is that, under the cir- 


cumstances, I was compelled to leave before the banquet. Al- 
thou<^h we have heard nothing about it it must have been a grand 
success in the hands of the Georgia State Alumnial Association 
who made our short stay in Atlanta such a pleasant one. 

With these remarks I will close hoping to see by the March 
Palm that all were as well pleased with the representatives of 
Alpha Tau Omega as myself. 

Yours Fraternally, 

W. Buxton, Jr., 

Delegate^ lozva Beta Alpha. 

Athens, Ga., Feb. 15, 1887. 

Dear Palm : I feel like I must add my voice to that of many 
others in sounding the praises of the loth Biennial Congress of 
Alpha Tau Omega. Up to the time the Congress was to con- 
vene, the time between this Congress and the last one seemed 
very long, but when I met Bro. after Bro. whom I had known at 
the Philadelphia Congress it seemed as though only a few weeks 
before I had heard their voices resounding within the walls of 
the Continental Hotel. But this Congress surpassed the last in 
many respects. We attended to business more promptly, pleas- 
antly, and effectually. 

Our "Love Feast," Thursday night could not have been im- 
proved upon. It was one of the happiest times of my life, and 
listening to the opinions and experiences of those who have so 
worthily illustrated in their lives the principles symbolized by 
our maltese cross, my heart swelled with emotions my lips could 
not express, and then and there I made the resolve to be a bet- 
ter and more enthusiastic Alpha Tau than ever before. Our 
Banquet was, as it always is, one of the pleasantest features of 
the Congress. But the writer will always regret having to leave 
at 12 p. M., just as Bro. L. L. Smith had said **I am yours to the 
very bottommost parts of Hades." But it gives me pleasure to 
state by the time I reached the depot Bro. S. had struggled out 
of his unpleasant predicament and was just taking the train for 
colder regions. 

1 take this occasion to thank the Congress for their kindly 



words of congratulation and appreciation extended to the Ga. 
boys, whose great pleasure it was to have the privilege of enter- 
taining in their midst such a representative body as the Alpha 
Tau Omega Congress. Some of the most pleasing things con- 
nected with the Congress were the visits to the Governor, to the 
Constitution, and to the photographer's. 

A great many said they would be in Springfield two years 
hence, even if they had to walk, and I believe they meant it. 

I was glad to see so many of the alumni at the Congress, and 
would say to all our alumni, whatever you do, do not lose your 
interest in Alpha Tau Omega, attend her Congresses and thus 
become enthused, read the Palm and thus keep posted with re- 
gard to her affairs, work for her interests and thus extend her 
influence, and practice her principles, and thus make of your- 
selves men whom your people will honor, your fraternity be 
proud of, and your God delight to own and bless. 

Yours Fraternally, 

Arthur F. Bishop. 

Tiffin, Ohio, March. 15, 1887. 
To all Alpha Taus greeting : 

The Tenth epoch in the history of Alpha Tau Omega has 
passed and we are now entering another which shall terminate 
with our eleventh Biennial Congress at Springfield, Ohio, in 
1888. We had the pleasure of being in Atlanta, Ga., last De- 
cember, and being honored with the position of presiding offi- 
cer, we were so situated as to be able to intelligently feel the 
pulse of our noble Brotherhood and fully appreciate the position 
she now holds among the philanthropic organizations of our 
land. What a grand occasion it was ! Although having at- 
tended many conventions of various kinds, we are free to say 
that the Tenth Biennial Congress of Alpha Tau Omega excelled 
them in almost every way. Here were representatives from 
some of our best institutions, also from almost every profession 
in life. 

I was especially impressed with the sincere fraternal friend- 
ship that was manifested among the delegates, also the earnest- 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 5 1 

ness of purpose which seemed to actuate every one. Indeed 
the convention took upon itself the form of a grand family re- 
union. The reports of the various chapters showed steady pro- 
gress and we were all led to realize that our noble order was 
upon the threshold of a bright and glorious future. 

To say that the presence of Bro. Glazebrook delighted every 
one doesn't half express it. In fact we all considered it quite 
an honor to dine at the same table with him. We had often 
heard of the hospitality of our southern brethren, but our ex- 
perience proved to us that our brightest anticipations had not 
reached what we actually received at the hands of our Georgia 
boys. Our convention was highly honored by the presence of 
Dr. Hopkins, President of Emory College. 

We trust that the delegates will not lose the inspiration gained 
there and that we shall see the fruits of it during the coming 
two years. Let us all endeavor to strengthen our own chapters 
and at the same time to extend the borders of Alpha Tau Om- 
ega. Can't we establish ten or twelve new chapters in good in- 
stitutions by the meeting of next Congress ? Ohio promises to 
do her share in this matter. 

I notice that many errors have crept into the report of Con- 
gress. One very vital one is in reference to the election of our 
next orator. Rev. H. L. Wiles, D. D., of Mansfield, Ohio, was 
unanimously elected by Congress. It was the selection of a 
poet that was placed into the hands of the High Council. I am 
very glad to say that Dr. Wiles has signified to me his accept- 
ance of the position of orator. 

Fraternally yours, 

E. J. Shives, W. G. C. 



To all Alpha Taus in Alabama and elsewhere : 

The next annual convention of the State Alumni Association 
of Alabama will be held in the city of Birmingham on the 23rd 
and 24th of June next. All members of the fraternity every- 
where are cordially invited to meet with the Association and it 
is hoped that all who can will attend. Members residing in the 
State of Alabama are especially urged to be present. 

There are many charms in the ** Magic City" to attract a large 
attendance, and in addition to the pleasures of the sessions of 
the Association there will be a well arranged schedule of excur- 
sions to the various places of interest about the city, such as the 
rolling mills, furnaces, etc. Local committees will make every 
arrangement for the comfort and pleasure of those who attend, 
and it is hoped that special rates will be had over the various 
roads leading to the city. Fraternally, 

Howard Lamar, 

Auburn, Ala. State Association W. M. 

To all Alpha Taus m the State of Ohio : 

All Alpha Taus resident in the State of Ohio, are hereby re- 
quested to meet at Mansfield, June 28th, 1887, to take part in 
the organization of a State Association. Already about twenty 
brothers have expressed a willingness to join. Let there be a 
full turnout. For further information call on, or address, 

C. A. Krout, 

Mar. 14, 1887. Wittenberg College, Springfield, O. 


To all Alpha Taus everyivhcre : 

At a meeting of the High Council held at the "Colonade," 
Philadelphia, Pa., March 3rd, 1887, the Secretary was authorized 
to make the following corrections to the printed minutes of the 
Tenth Biennial Congress : 

1st. On page 14 Bro. Glazebrook's motion should read, ''that 
the High Council be requested at once to appoint a manufac- 
turer of Fraternity regalia and paraphernalia, &c." 

2nd. On page 27, under "Motions and Resolutions" the first 
two items should read: (a) Rev. H. L. Wiles, D. D., (Ohio Al- 
pha Psi) of Mansfield, O., was elected orator of the Eleventh 
Biennial Congress, and Bro. A. F. Bishop, of Athens, Ga., as 
alternate, (b) Bro. Glazebrook moved that the election of a Poet 
for next Congress be referred to the High Council with power 
to act. 

At the regular meeting of the High Council on March 3rd, 
'Zj, Bro. R. S. Turk, Esq., of Huntersville, W. Va., was elected 

C. W. Baker, 

Sec. High Council. 

54 GREEK NEWS. [April 

TMl^^ yiRJlTBRIflTIBS!. 


— Forty-one Preparatory students have been initiated into the 
various fraternities at De Pauw. 

— Kappa Alpha established a chapter at William Jewel Col- 
lege, Feb. 5th 1887, with eight charter members. 

— Phi Delta Theta has ''lifted" the remaining chapters of the 
Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity. 

— Out of 140 Grammar School students at the University of 
the South, 100 are members of Greek-letter societies. 

— The remaining members of fraternities at the Va. Military 
Institute intend petitioning the Faculty of that institution to re- 
peal the Anti-Fraternity laws. Success to them. 

— The tenth National Convention of the I. C. Sorocis (Pi Beta 
Phi) was held in the Delta Tau Delta parlors at Indianola, Iowa, 
Oct. 19th, 1886. How brotherly. 

— The Kappa Sigma Fraternity has a hard road to travel at 
Emory and Henry College, Va., as "a part of the Faculty and 
the plain-gold-badge-ante-fraternity are still waging war against 

— Phi Delta Theta expels about fourteen members a year ; 
and then ''lifts" chapters and members of other fraternities to 
make up for the loss. A questionable policy. 

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon is reported dead by an exchange, 
while we see from chapter letters in The Record that it has 
eleven members. 

— Nine different fraternities had chapters at the University of 
of Kan., Lawrence, Kan., last year with a total membership of 
142. — Ex. 

— The Delta Kappa Epsilon met in annual convention at 

1887.] GREEK NEWS. 55 

Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C, Jan. 7th and 8th, and en- 
joyed a general good time. 

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon established her Pennsylvania Omega 
chapter at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in Feb. with eleven 
charter members. 

— Nine different fraternities have chapters at Lehigh Univer- 
sity. The Phi Gamma Delta was the last to enter, and there 
seems to be some ''barbs" left yet. The greatest wonder is that 
Phi Delta Theta has not entered yet. 

— Delta Upsilon has established a chapter with twenty char- 
ter members at Tufts College, College Hill, Mass. The cere- 
monies were performed at the Quincy House, Boston, Dec. 4th, 

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon's attempt to enter Wofford College 
resulted disastrously. About twenty-five **non-frats" were initi- 
ated, but they proved too heavy a burden even for S. A. E., and 
were speedily deprived of their charter. The extreme scarcity 
of fraternity material there makes even the existence of Kappa 
Alpha, Chi Psi and Chi Phi unsettled and precarious, and it is 
by no means impossible that one of these fraternities will have 
to withdraw. — Ex. 

— Just as we go to press we learn of the destruction by fire 
of the Kansas chapter-hall, resulting in almost complete loss of 
everything, covered partially by insurance. The Phi Kappa Psi 
chapter-hall was also burnt out. The losses of both chapters 
are heavy. — Beta Theta Pi. 

— The State Legislature has just passed a bill levying a tax 
of one cent on every hundred dollars of taxable property in the 
State, for the support of the University. This will add some 
$75,000 to her present income, and is equivalent to about 
$1,500,000 endowment. Reckoning upon this increase at the 
above figures, the total endowment of the University of Cali- 
fornia becomes $5,000,000. The University of the Pacific, a 
college whose graduates enter our Freshman class, boasts of one 
chapter of a Greek Letter Fraternity, viz.. Phi Kappa Psi. It is 
rumored that Phi Delta Theta intends to place a chapter there. 
If she does, although we believe it will be contrary to the wishes 

56 GREEK NEWS. [April 

of the Berkeley chapter, it will be but adding one more to her 
small and select chapter roll. — Sigma Chi. 

— De Pauw is the originator of an inter-fraternity system 
which we believe to be something novel and unique. Its only 
precedent is the case of the ladies' fraternities at Cornell, and 
their compact aims only to overthrow the present method ot 
"spiking." Our aim at present is no such definite object, but 
we wish to secure and promote a high order of friendly and so- 
cial relations between the rival chapters at this place. To do 
this the seven male fraternities have formed a confederation and 
drafted a constitution and by-laws. The officers are distributed 
in rotation, and every possible means taken to prevent jealousy 
and ill will. We may be only building on the sand, or we may 
be founding an organization which will affect Greek letter socie- 
ties elsewhere. One of the prominent features of this "Pan 
Hellenic Club" is an annual banquet. — Sigma Chi. 

— We hesitate to say anything unfavorable to any of the fra- 
ternities at Allegheny ; but, believing it is of interest to all Phis 
to know the relations existing between the different chapters at 
all colleges where Phi Delta Theta is represented, we will say 
that among the Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Delta 
Theta fraternities a spirit of friendship and fairness prevails, 
which we hope may continue. But the Phi Gamma Deltas, by 
their desire of unlimited power, have brought upon themselves 
the ill will of all the others. For several years, having held the 
balance of power, and recognizing merit in no one outside of 
their own membership, they acted purely on the principle that 
"to the victors belong the spoils," and allowed no one but their 
own men any honors, if it were possible for them to prevent. 
This year the combination, as the Phi Gamma Deltas call it, 
determined to see fairness in the class and society elections, and 
have generally succeeded, not acting selfishly, but only trying to 
obtain the honors it rightly deserved. — Phi Delta Theta Scroll. 

— The latter part of last term fraternity circles here were 
thrown into great excitement. Two men, a Senior and a Soph- 
omore, were lifted by Phi Kappa Psi from Delta Tau Delta- It 
is hard to arrive at the true state of affairs owing to two alto- 

1887.] GREEK NEWS. 57 

gether antagonistic reports sent to the different fraternities here, 
one by Delta Tau Delta, the other by the lifted "Greeks." 
Delta Tau Delta makes severe charges against them, such as 
revealing business of meetings, "bidding" men without the full 
consent of the fraternity, and creating ill-feeling within its cir- 
cle ; and, in concluding, brands them as traitors to the fraternity 
world. On the other hand, denying the charges, the lifted make 
counter charges, saying they had sent in their resignation, which 
was treated with contempt ; that the members of Delta Tau 
Delta did not treat them as brothers, and in conclusion say they 
were loth to leave so good a fraternity as Delta Tau Delta, but 
that in entering Phi Kappa Psi they had entered a fraternity 
where more fraternal feeling exists. Fraternity men here, and, 
in fact, the whole college, are in doubt as to which is the true 
version. This makes three men who have been the cause of 
excitement in this college during the last term, the third being 
a once-member of Phi Delta Theta, who was expelled on the 
ground of incongeniality. — Cor. O. W. U. in Phi Gamma Delta 

OUR EXCHANGES.— 7\^. B. Will all our exchanges please 
notice that The Palm desires to exchange two copies or as many 
more as you may request. Please send two copies of your jour- 
nal hereafter. One copy to Prof. H. N. Felkel, Editor-in-Chief 
Tallehassee, Fla., and one copy to Rev. C. W. Baker, Business 
Manager, Dallastown, York Co., Pa. 



Edit omimi^ P® fa i^'M^mt, 

Since we have had the editorial honors (?) thrust upon us we 
have become aware of the fact that it is a position difficult to 
fill, and while we promise to fulfill our duties as best we can, we 
also wish all Alpha Taus to know that we do not assume these 
responsibilities as if it were our journal we are editing but your 
journal. The Palm has always been the fraternity's organ as 
far as possible under the circumstances and we shall still en- 
deavor to maintain it as the official organ. However we cannot 
do this unless each brother co-operates with us in this. Espe- 
cially are the associate editors and the chapter correspondents 
requested to lend their dest aid in making their departments most 
interesting. We have added a few new features which we hope 
will add much to the success of the Palm in the future. We 
are especially desirous to collect for each issue a large list of 
Alumni Personals, to which we believe our Business Manager 
would add : "and a large list of Dues Received." Let us know 
where our brothers are and we will try to interest them in Alpha 
Tau Omeea. 


It is with pride and pleasure that we learn of the establish- 
ment of La. Beta Epsilon chapter at Tulane University. It has 
long been our desire to enter the University but it was not un- 
til Kentucky Zeta sent Bro. O. N. O. Watts down there that we 
could find a true and proper way to carry out our plans. The 
chapter starts out with bright prospects and we shall look for 
great results from it. This is not the only chapter we intend to 
establish this year. Perhaps while you are reading this another 
will be in good working order. There are a number of institu- 
tions we should enter and no doubt will before long. All our 
chapters are in a splendid condition and all we need is more 


chapters to practice our principles. Oh if only our active and 
Alumni members would do a little we could move on much 
faster and surer in this noble work of extension. If you live 
near an Institution which would be a desirable field for Alpha 
Tau Omega don't neglect to look after the matter before other 
fraternities occupy the ground. Let us be up and doing and 
success is ours. 

We take it as an auspicious omen when our Alumni begin to 
organize. Recently our Washington Alumni organized and 
have a live-active association which meets once a month at the 
homes of the members and has **a feast of reason and a flow of 
soul." Now our Ohio brethren are moving in the matter and 
we have the promise of a large organization. The interest is 
reviving in North Carolina and in Qther states. Can not our 
Pennsylvania Alumni arouse to their duty and organize ? We 
hope some one will make a move in this direction soon. We 
believe our W. G. K. E. would be a good one to make the move. 
By all means let us hear from the "Old Keystone." It only 
takes five Alumni to get a charter for a State and why cannot 
every State in which we have chapters organize ? 

As all who receive the Palm have already received the min- 
utes of our last Congress we will not say more than that in more 
ways than one it was superior to any previous gatherings, and 
the result of the lOth Congress will only show itself in the near 
future. Already there are indications which bespeak great 
things for Alpha Tau Omega and we shall *'see yet greater 
things than these." One had to be there to get an idea of what 
it was to see his brethren from all parts of the country and hear 
their voices mingle in mirth and argument. Especially did we 
enjoy the accidental, informal meeting on the second evening. 
But we say no more. All come next time and you will know 
what an Alpha Tau Congress is. 

Chapter letters for the June No. must be in by May 20th. 
PreHminary matter by May 15th. Editorials, &c., by May 25th. 


Our delay in this issue was unavoidable for reasons which we 
do not think it prudent to state here. Any one desiring to know 
them can learn them by inquiring of the Business Manager. 

We will send statements of accounts to our subscribers soon, 
and if you want to avoid receiving a dun you had better remit 
at once. 

Please take notice that the address of the Business Manager 
is changed from Gettysburg, Pa., to Dallastown, Pa., and that 
his money order office is York, Pa. 

Any Bro. having a copy of Vol. I, No. i, of the Palm, with 
which he would part, will confer an inestimable favor upon Bro. 
Howard Lamar, Auburn, Ala., by sending the same to him, 
stating the price you want for it. 

Any Bro. having all or any of the following Nos. of the Palm 
will please send them to this office at once stating price : Vol. I, 
Nos. I, 2 and 3, and Vol. V, No. i. We have calls for them 
which we would like to fill. So please let us hear from you. 
Yours, &c.. Business Manager. 

We are sorry that for want of space we had to hold over 
"Our Exchanges" and "The Voice of the Greek Press" for the 
June Number. 

1887-] ALUMNI PERSONALS. 6o)^ 

J no. T. Letcher (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) has a fine law practice 
at Lampasas, Tex. 

Geo. A. Garden, Signal Corps, U. S. A., (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) 
is stationed at Poplar River, Montana Territory. 

T. F. Mangum, Jr., (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) is practicing law at 
McKinney, Texas. 

Walter W. Pearson, (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) lawyer at Tuskegee, 
Ala., has recently taken unto himself a "better half." Success 
and happiness to you brother. 

Thos. L. Cochrane, (Va. Alpha) Attorney at Law, Camden, 
Ala., is one of the youngest members of the State Senate and 
bids fair to become one of the most influential men of that great 
State in a very few years. 

B. B. Boss, (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) is professor of chemistry in 
the University of Louisiana, at Baton Rouge, La. 

Jas. M. Reid, (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) Civil Engineer, Pilot Point, 
Texas, is surveying for the Portugese government in Central 
Africa. His alma mater as well as the Alpha Epsilon chapter 
are peculiarly proud of this wearer of the maltese cross. 

E. P. Alexander, Jr., (Ala. Alpha Epsilon) is engaged in the 
real estate business at Duluth, Minnesota. 

Hon. B. D. Evans, is a member of the Georgia legislature. 
He was chairman of the Local committee of arrangements for 
our last congress, but was denied the privilege ot being present 
on account of serious illness in his family. We hope all are 
now well, but regret that we were denied the privilege of meet- 
ing him. 

Francis J. Thomas, (Va. Delta, '86) has hung out his shingle 
as Attorney-at-Law in Los Angeles, Cal. We wish him success. 

Rev. W. H. Jordy, (Pa. Alpha Upsilon, '83) has resigned his 
charge at Dickinson, Pa., and is now at his home at Abbotts- 
town, Pa. 

Prof. H. D. Campbell, (Va. Beta, '82) has gone to Europe to 
spend two years in advanced studies in Oriental languages. 

O. N. O. Watts, (Ky. Zeta, '86) has established a chapter of 

6d^ dues received. [April 

Alpha *Tau Omega at Tulane University, New Orleans, La. He 
is taking the law course in the University. 

C. M. McLaughlin, (Pa. Alpha Upsilon, '84) is teaching school 
in Franklin county, Pa. 

Walter H. Page, (N. C. Xi) is one of the editors of The 
Brooklyn Union, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook has recently declined a call to the 
presidency of Delaware College ; he also declined a call to be- 
come rector of the Episcopal parish at Richmond, Va. St. 
Johns Parish, New York City, has also extended him three dif- 
ferent calls the last one offering him a salary of $6,000. We 
heartily congratulate him on his success in the Gospel ministry. 
May he long be spared to his Church and PVaternity is the 
prayer of all his brothers. 

PuES. R 


Instead of publishing Alumni Letters as has been done since The 
Palm was started, we will notice under the above heading, the remit- 
tances as they come in. The date after the name refers to the time to 
which your last remittance pays for The Palm. We hope our list will 
be longer next time than it is now, however we are thankful for what 
has come : 

Judge E. M. Ross, July 1, '88. L. L. Smith, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

Ala. Beta Delta, (12 copies) Jan. I, '88 A. B. Elliott, Esq., Jan. i, '87. 
Ala. Beta Beta, (8 copies) Jan. i, '88. John F. Renfro, Jan. i, 88. 
Mumper & Co. (adv.) Jan. i, '88. Prof. R. B. Brooks, Jan. i, '87. 

J. S. N. Davis, Jr., Jan. i, '87. Prof. E. J. Shives, Jan. i, '87. 

Hon. W. A. Haygood, Jan. i, '88. Bart. Shipp, £sq., Jan. i, '88. 
J. Frank Wilkes, Jan. i, '88. Samuel Boykin, Jan. i, '88. 

Miss M. W. Freeland, Oct. i, 90. Lichfield Taylor, Jan. i, '88. 
B. R. Latham, Jan. i, '88. James T. Rugh, Jan. i, '87. 

Prof. H. H. Dunwiddie, Apr. i, '88. O. N. O. Watts, Jan. i, '88. 
W. H. Lamar, Esq., Jan. i, '88. H. L. Loft, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

E. Williams, (Adv.) Jan. i, '88. E. D. Hiskey, Jan. i, '88. 

Percy Gray, Jan. i, '88. Francis J. Thomas, Esq.,Jan.i,'88 

John C. Pugh, Jan. i, '88. Va. Delta (12 copies)Jan. i, '88. 

W. Lee Denham, Jan. i, '88. J. D. Kilpatrick, Jan. i, '88. 

W. Marshal, Jan. i, '88. W. E. Hawkins, Jan. 1, '88. 

R. S. Roddenbery, Jan. i, '88. 








Worthy Grand Chief— Prof. E. J. Shives, A. M., Tiffin, Ohio. 

Worthy Grand Chaplain— Rt. Rev. C. T. Ouintard, D. D., S. T. D., 
&c., Sewanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Exchequer— M. Luther Horne, Esq., 
AUentown, Pa. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Annals— Prof. W. B. Nants, A. M., Se- 
wanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Scribe — Walter T. Daniel, Esq., New York City. 

Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook, Chairman^ Elizabeth, N. J. 
Jos. R. Anderson, Jr., Esq., Richmond, Va. 
Prof. N. Wiley Thomas, Ph. D., Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Rev. C. W. Baker, Dallastown, Pa. 
Prof. H. N. Felkel, Tallahassee, Fla. 

Hon. W. a. Haygood, 17^ Peach Tree St., Atlanta, Ga. 


62 DIRECTORY. [April 

Virginia Delta — University of Virginia, Va. 

Archer Anderson, Jr., Cor. 
Virginia Epsilon — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. R. W. Kime, Cor. 
Kentucky Zeta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. 

R. W. Miller, Cor. 
Kentucky Mu — Kentucky Military Institute, Farmdale, Ky. 

G. R. Klinkhard, Cor. 
District of Columbia Upsilon— Columbian University, Washing- 
ton, D. C. J. C. PuGH, Cor. 
Tennessee Omega — University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 

Charles L. Steel, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Beta— University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 

H. Key Milner, Cor. 
North Carolina Alpha Delta — University of N. C, Chapel Hill, N.C. 

W. R. Tucker, Cor. 
Alabama Alpha-Epsilon— Alabama A. & M. College, Auburn, Ala. 

B. M. Bishop, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Zeta— Mercer University, Macon, Ga. 

L. Kennedy, Cor. 
North Carolina Alpha-Eta . "W." Cor. 

Georgia Alpha-Theta— Emory College, Oxford, Ga. 

F G. Corker, Cor. 
Michigan Alpha-Mu— Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. 

H. R. Stark, Cor. 

Ohio Alpha-Nu — Mt. Union College, Mt. Union, Ohio. 

F. P. Shumaker, Cor. 

New York Alpha-Omicron — St. Lawrence University, Canton, N. Y. 

W. T. McElroy, Cor. 
Pennsylvania Alpha-Rho — Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, Pa. 

J. A. Morrow, Cor. 
Tennessee Alpha-Tau — Southwestern Presbyterian University, 

Clarksville, Tenn. H. M. Johnston, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Upsilon— Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa. 

W. F. Steck, Cor. 
South Carolina Alpha-Phi— South Carolina College, Columbia, S. C. 

W. M. Hamer, Cor. 
Ohio Alpha-Psi — Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. 

C. A. Krout, Cor. 
Florida Alpha-Omega — University of Florida, Tallahassee, Fla. 

H. N. Felkel, Cor. 

1887.] DIRECTORY. 63 

Iowa Beta-Alpha — Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. 

F. E. Worth, Cor. 

Alabama Beta-Beta — Southern University, Greensboro, Ala. 

W. B. Hewdrick, Cor. 
Alabama Beta-Delta — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

J. M. Francis, Cor. 
Louisiana Beta-Epsilon — Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 

O. N. O. Watts, Cor. 


Alabama— Howard Lamar, (Alabama Alpha-Epsilon), Auburn, Ala., 
Worthy Master. Next annual convention will be held in the city of 
Birmingham, Ala., on the 23rd and 24th of June, 1887. 

Georgia — C. F. Steed, (Ga. Alpha Zeta), Worthy Master, Next an- 
nual convention . 

South Carolina — Theo. M. DuBose, M. D., (Tenn. Omega) Worthy 
Master. Next annual convention Feb. 22nd, 1888. 

Virginia — Leonard Marburg, (D. C. Upsilon) Alexandria, Va., Wor- 
thy Master. 

Kentucky— Guy C. Sibley, (Ky. Mu), Worthy Master. 

North Carolina , Worthy Master. 

Florida — Tom. M. Scott, Scottland, Fla., Worthy Master. 

Washington (D. C.) — W. H. Lamar (Ala. Alpha Epsilon), Worthy 
Master. Meetings held monthly. 


C|e ^Ijj|a Can #mega fialm. 

The Alpea Tau Omega Palm is the Official Journal of the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity ; and, as such, its constant aim will be to promote her 
interests in the manner following : 

By affording a vehicle of communication for the General Officers, the 
Chapters and the Alumni ; by collecting and preserving in permanent 
form the annals of the Fraternity, and by disseminating her noble princi- 

While these are pre-eminently the purposes for which the Palm was es- 
tablished, it will also aim to exert a wholesome influence beyond the limits 
of the Fraternity, by habitually striving to inculcate such teachings, and 
only such, as shall tend to purify and elevate mankind in general. 

With a long list of contributors from the ranks of the Fraternity — some 
of whom have attained marked distinction in the various walks of life — 
the Palm can safely promise its patrons that its pages shall always contain 
interesting and profitable reading. 

The Palm will be issued four times a year. Each number will contain 
not less than sixty octavo pages, and will be printed in clear, distinct type 
and on neat paper, with a view to binding in volumes for preservation. 

The subscription price is fixed at $1.50 per annum, in advance ; price 
of single copies 50 cents. 

Short professional or business cards will be inserted at the rate of ^3 
per annum ; advertisements requiring greater space at proportionately low 
rates, which may be ascertained by application to. the undersigned. 

All communication of whatever nature should be addressed to 


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PROF. H. N. FELKEL, Editor-in-Chief, 


Howard Lamar, Esq., Auburn, Ala., 

A. I. Bacheller, Esq., New York City, 
Theo. D. Bratton, Esq., Sewanee, Tenn., 

J. Frank Wilkes, Charlotte, N. C. 

REV. C. W. BAKER, Business Manager, 
dallastown, pa. 



1887. . 

Iblia Tan Omega Falm 

Vol. VII. GETTYSBURG, PA., JUNE, 1887. No. 2. 


The great law of human fraternity is that sacrifice for the 
good of another is a blessing both to him who makes the sacri- 
fice and to him in whose behalf it is made. Fraternities among 
men, like civil society, have their rise in the necessities of our 
nature. The one find their origin in the demands of our higher 
social sympathies and sentiments just as the other does in the 
desire for physical safety and development. In both cases we 
are required to give up something in order that we may receive 
in return a higher benefit. There is one difference, however, 
which it may not be out of place to emphasize. In civil society 
our contribution may be merely of a negative character, that is 
to say, we secure protection by giving up certain selfish appe- 
tites the exercise of which would be detrimental to the rights of 
others. We agree not to do certain things and we gain the im- 
munity which society offers to all of its members. Not so in 
the fraternity. Your contribution must be of a positive nature. 
There is nothing to be gained without this. And he who gives 
most receives most in return. 

We do not mean to say that man's contribution to civil so- 
ciety is only of a negative character, but it is true that he gains 
that protection for securing which the social compact was first 
instituted by such contribution. We believe that the highest 
blessings of society, and the noblest achievements by it, come 
through positive deeds of its members. And in these blessings 
those have the largest share who do most towards securing 
them. There is a deeper philosophy than most persons realize 
in these words of the Saviour: "He who would be greatest 
among you let him be servant of all." The man of greatest 


fame, honor and position is the greatest servant of society ; in 
other words he contributes most to it. He serves his fellows 
with his talents and energy, he receives as his reward their re- 
spect and appreciation. The law of service is the law of con- 
stituted society, and if we would achieve anything noble or 
great, we must learn to yield ourselves to it. If we want to en- 
joy its highest blessing we must contribute all in our power to 
its development. The same is true of the fraternity in whatever 
relation it may exist. 

But to give our best efforts to any work we must believe in 
and appreciate it. The best workers in the hive of human so- 
ciety are those who have the highest estimate of what it should 
be and of what is possible to be attained by it. The great re- 
formers of the world were men who believed in human nature 
and who felt that social development was a possibility. There 
are so many men who feel that man is corrupt and groveling and 
that all efforts to uplift him are unavailing. We do not believe 
it is due to selfishness that so few men work for the upbuilding 
of their fellows. It is because they want faith in mankind. Not 
that they do not care to labor, but that they cannot feel that ef- 
fort would accomplish anything. It is indeed this matter of 
faith that makes the reformer appear a fanatic in the eyes of or- 
dinary men. His faith permits him to see possibilities which 
are to others vague and intangible. Hence he is called a 
dreamer. But has not everything great and good in human de- 
velopment been reached through the efforts of the world's great 
dreamers ? 

Now we do not write this for the mere sake of philosophizing 
but for a more practical purpose. We want to impress upon 
fraternity men the necessity and advantage of fraternity appre- 
ciation. We all know that one of the advantages of the college 
fraternity or other fraternities is that it helps a man to lead a 
pure life. He is prompted to feel towards the fraternity and its 
honor as he does towards his family name, and he refuses to do 
anything that shall bring obloquy upon it. But is such feeling 
possible where one has a low estimate of the fraternity, its mis- 
sion and its success ? Certainly not ; we need not expect it. 
You must learn to appreciate your fraternity and you will soon- 


est learn to do this by going to work for it. In your effort to 
do something you will study more closely everything connected 
with it, and the knowledge thus gained of its service to men will 
increase your interest in it and your love for it. 

Again this work will not only give to you the appreciation of 
the fraternity referred to, but it will do something more. A 
study of your fraternity and an active participation in its man- 
agement will be to you an intellectual developing force, inas- 
much as it will give you a practical knowledge of the workings 
of an extended organization. To the young man who purposes 
entering public life such experience would be invaluable, just 
the training best suited to prepare him for his future field of la- 
bor. But every man in this country of ours must have some- 
thing to do with public affairs ; it is a duty we cannot escape. 
We need therefore to be trained that we may be prepared for 
the part which we shall be called upon to act. And if fraternity 
work will assist in this preparation, and we believe that it will, 
then it must be of great benefit to every one no matter what 
line of work he proposes to follow in after Hfe. 

To recapitulate then, the fraternity is to you, first a means of 
cultivating the higher social instincts of your nature, at the same 
time exhibiting to you the finer characteristics of your fellows ; 
secondly, an additional influence fortifying your aspirations and 
purposes to become a true man ; thirdly, a field in which you 
may gain a practical knowledge of organized human effort over 
an extended territory. 

At some time in the future, we may develop the several 
points referred to, for there remains a great deal to be said upon 
this subject. At this time we could hype to be only suggestive. 

H. N. F. 



For half a century the "Greek-Letter Fraternities" of the 
American colleges have been fiercely attacked and as hotly de- 
fended. The purpose of the present article is to discuss the 
question whether they are mainly good or evil ; and if, like most 
human organizations, they produce both good and evil, to show 
how the good may be increased and the evil diminished. 

The fact upon which they all rest is expressed by the truism 
that "man is a social being." Bring together a thousand stu- 
dents, or even a score, and they will begin to arrange themselves 
in parties, cliques, and clubs. Social clubs, literary clubs, ath- 
letic clubs, will at once group themselves around various centres, 
like crystals about a nucleus. College officers may lament that 
students will not simply oscillate between their lodgings and 
lecture-rooms ; but human nature is too strong: groups of some 
sort are inevitable. 

Now, do not the fraternities reduce the evils arising out of 
these to a minimum, and produce some results undeniably 
good ? The first point to be noted is, that when one of these 
inevitable associations takes the form of a college fraternity it 
must cease to be a mere temporary club. It has at once a rep- 
utation to make and maintain. It must hold its own against 
rival fraternities. The badge which each member wears fixes 
his responsibility ; to be less than a gentleman is to disgrace it 
and to injure the fraternity. The same principle which led the 
hero of one of Balzac's most touching stories to lay off his badge 
of the Legion of Honor while suffering reproach, and to replace 
it upon his breast, when at the cost of his life he had retrieved 
his character, is, on a lower plane, active among students. 

But the members of the fraternities are not only under this 
healthful pressure from without ; they are generally under good 
influences from within. Very soon after a fraternity is founded 
it has a body of graduates sobered by the duties and experi- 
ences of life. This body very soon outnumbers the undergrad- 

*From The Forum of May '87, written by ex-Pres. Andrew D. White 
of Cornell College and a member of Psi Upsilon. 


uate members. These graduates naturally scan closely their 
brethren in the colleges, and are the first to condemn any con- 
duct among them likely to injure the fraternity. No chapter 
can afford to lose the approval of its graduates : every chapter 
must maintain such a character that the graduate brotherhood 
will be willing to recommend it to younger men entering college, 
to send their pupils or sons into it, and to contribute to building 
or other expenses which would bear too heavily upon the under- 
graduate members. 

Here is a vast difference between respectable, permanent fra- 
ternities and all temporary clubs. A typical result of the desire 
of undergraduate members to keep the approval of their grad- 
uate brothers is seen in the fact that intoxicating drinks have 
been rigorously excluded from the chapter-rooms of all fraterni- 
ties I have known ; frequently by the vote of undergraduates 
not themselves abstainers. On the other hand, it is within my 
knowledge that temporary clubs formed among students who 
have not entered fraternities — clubs having no reputation to 
maintain, no responsibility to any fraternity, and under no 
healthful influences from graduate members — have often become 
excessively jconvivial. 

While college fraternities thus reduce the evils of student so- 
cial groups, they can be made a very useful adjunct in college 
discipline. The usual chapter organization establishes a kind of 
soHdarity between its twenty or thirty undergraduate members: 
all are to a certain extent responsible for each, and each for all. 
I know that other college officers, as well as myself, have availed 
themselves of this relation for the good of all concerned. More 
than once, when some member of a fraternity has been careless 
in conduct or study, I have summoned senior members of his 
chapter, discussed the matter confidentially with them, dwelt 
upon the injury the man was doing to his fraternity, and insisted 
that it must reform him or remove him. This expedient has 
often succeeded when all others had failed. The older members 
of various fraternities have frequently thus devoted themselves 
to the younger in a way which would do honor to a brother la- 
boring for a brother. It is within my knowledge that a consid- 
erable number of young men have thus been rescued from 


courses which might have brought great sorrow to them and to 
their famiHes. 

While the fraternities have thus been made useful to individ- 
uals, they have another use to the great body of American col- 
leges and universities as a whole. One of the less fortunate 
things in American advanced education is that the various in- 
stitutions of learning in the country are so separated from each 
other by space and sectarian bias. As a rule, each is more or 
less in a state of isolation. To meet this difficulty, we have, 
indeed, in the State of New York, a very valuable institution, 
the Board of Regents, which, in addition to other services, 
brings together, once or twice a year, representatives of all the 
colleges, to discuss questions of living interest and to establish 
personal acquaintance ; but in the Union at large there is noth- 
ing akin to this. In England, the two great universities are so 
near each other, and so near London as a center, that there is 
no such isolation. In Germany the universities are all within a 
geographical space not so large as one of our great States, and 
the students pass freely from one to another. Here there is al- 
most complete isolation, and the larger college fraternities serve 
a good purpose in frequently bringing together mefibers of the 
various institutions : graduates and undergraduates, professors 
and students, thus meet, and so do something to create a com- 
mon interest, and to arouse a friendly feeling. It may not be 
the best sort of meeting, but it is better than none. 

Again, the fraternities, while reducing the evils of social gath- 
erings to a minimum, bring out of them some positive good. 
The question is, Shall these gatherings be fit for gentlemen, or 
shall they degenerate into carousals ? The advantage of the 
better fraternities is, that on them are various healthful restraints 
which hinder such degeneration. Graduate members are fre- 
quently present ; they may be members of the faculty, citizens 
of the adjacent town, teachers visiting former pupils, clergymen 
visiting parishioners, fathers visiting sons ; in any case, they lift 
the gathering into a far better region than it would probably at- 
tain without such influence. 

As such old members come into a chapter session, note the 
places of old friends long gone, and hear the old songs sung, a 


flood of recollections comes in upon them. They are sure, when 
called upon, as they always are, to speak to their yonn^cr 
brethren from the heart, and few speakers arc more likely to 
find their way to the hearts of the listeners. 

And here it is proper to touch upon one of the more recent 
developments in the better American fraternities — the estab- 
lishment of chapter-houses, in which the members of a chapter 
have not only their hail for literary exercises, but lodgings, 
study rooms, library, parlors, and the like. This is, I think, a 
distinct advance. While giving comfortable quarters and civil- 
izing surroundings at reasonable prices, it brings into the under- 
graduate mind a healthful sense of responsibility. One of the 
greatest difficulties with American students has risen from the 
fact that they have been considered neither as men, to be sub- 
jected to the laws governing the public at large, nor as boys, to 
be subjected to the discipline of the preparatory schools. Some 
of the consequences of this abnormal condition have been 
wretched. Place twenty or thirty students in the ordinary col- 
lege dormitory, and there will be carelessness, uproar, and de- 
struction ; but place the same number of men belonging to any 
good fraterruty in a chapter-house of their own, and the point 
of honor is changed ; the house will be well cared for and quiet. 
I recently visited one of these chapter-houses after an absence 
of a year ; the rooms and furniture were as well kept as when I 
left it. The reason is simple : the young occupants had been 
brought into a sense of proprietorship, into a feeling of respon- 
sibility for the maintenance of the property and its reputation. 

Socially, too, there is an advantage. Nothing has pleased 
me more of late years than to see various fraternities of the bet- 
ter sort giving, in their chapter-houses, simple receptions and 
entertainments, to which not only members of faculty and town 
families were invited, but also the older members of other fra- 
ternities. This marks a breaking away from what to my mind 
has always been the main objection to these organizations, 
namely, the growth in many cases of a petty, narrow, contempt- 
ible clique spirit ; and it indicates a recognition of the para- 
mount relation of student to student, of man to man. 

I have taken part in several such gathering at various chap- 



ter-houses, and can think of no wiser thing that wealthy gradu- 
ates can do, in testifying kindly feeling toward their respective 
fraternities, than to aid in the erection and endowment of such 
houses, as good centers for college social and literary life. 

Several times, during visits to Oxford and Cambridge, I have 
been asked regarding the provision in American colleges for 
healthful social relations between teachers and taught, and be- 
tween older and younger students. In answering, I have spoken 
of the chapter-houses as to some extent supplying in American 
universities what is given in the English universities by the col- 
legiate bodies, with their separate houses and fraternal feelings. 
Each system enables students to live in comfortable quarters at 
moderate cost, and with men interested in their purposes and 
anxious for their success. What Walter de Merton had in mind 
when he established the first of the colleges at Oxford seems to 
be the very thing sought for in these more humble American 
establishments. And when I told my questioners that the mem- 
bers of the fraternities living in various chapter-houses, though 
frequently visited in a social way by members of the faculty, 
were under no control in ordinary matters save their own, that 
no proctor or tutor lived with them, that no gate-book was kept, 
there was an expression of great surprise. It seemed impossible 
to the college officers about me, that a body of twenty or thirty 
undergraduates, living together in a house of their own, could 
thus be trusted. I answered that they could be trusted, that the 
trust thus reposed in them was an educating force of high value, 
and that I should not be sorry to see the whole body of students 
in the university with which I was connected divided into fra- 
ternities, each living upon the university grounds in its own 
house, with full responsibility for its keeping and character, and 
never to be interfered with until it proved its incapacity for 
proper self-government. 

Again, a distinct purpose of these associations is culture in 
some worthy field of intellectual activity. If properly kept up, 
the exercises for such a purpose can be made useful. It has 
always seemed to me far wiser for college authorities to stimu- 
late the undergraduates to profit by such opportunities than to 
waste time in declaiming against the fraternities altogether. It 


is an advantage that thus, in the midst of a small and friendly- 
body, young men of quiet, scholarly tastes are enabled to make 
a beginning of literary or oratorical effort, and so to prepare 
themselves for efforts on a larger field, where there is more com- 
petition and less forbearance. 

Finally, the recognition of these organizations by university 
authorities seems wise, because in this way alone can a college 
easily rid itself of any fraternity exercising an influence for evil. 

To get rid of such, a few American institutions of learning 
have endeavored to drive out all the fraternities. These efforts 
have generally proved futile. In one of the larger institutions 
where such an attempt was made, fraternity badges were for 
years worn beneath the students' coats, meetings were held by 
stealth, and a system of casuistry was adopted by the members, 
when questioned by the faculty, exceedingly injurious to the 
students from a moral point of view. Another result was that 
these chapters thus driven into secrecy were restrained from in- 
tercourse with their graduate members and rapidly degenerated. 

Still another effect was that, there being no means of distin- 
guishing the members of any fraternity, the faculty could exer- 
cise no healthful influence upon them through their brethren. 
Moreover, a general repressive policy defeats its own purpose, 
and deprives the college authorities of the power to rid them- 
selves of any particular fraternity that is really evil. For, when 
an attempt is made to drive out all the fraternities, all will 
stand by each other to the last. They will simply conceal their 
badges, and band themselves together as a wretched, occult, de- 
moralizing power. On the other hand, if each fraternity is al- 
lowed to exist upon its merits, any one thought by a college 
faculty to be injurious can be easily driven out. It is one of 
the simplest things imaginable. I have myself thus driven out 
an old and wide-spread fraternity, which was doing injury to its 
members. This was done by giving a simple public statement 
of the reasons why young men should keep out of it. All the 
other organizations, and, indeed, the whole body of students, 
recognized the justice of the action and fully acquiesced. On 
another occasion, the mere threat of such a public denunciation 
had the effect to reform a large and influential fraternity. 


And now, as to the arguments used against the fraternies. 
There are several entitled to careful attention. The first gener- 
ally is, that they are secret. Regarding this, I think it may be 
justly said that their secrecy is rather nominal than real. There 
are few executive officers in our larger institutions of learning 
who have not a fair knowledge of the interior organization and 
working of those with which they have to do. Their secrecy is 
generally nothing more than keeping from the public the motto 
for which their letters stand, and the direction of their literary 
activity. I confess myself unable to see how any question can 
be raised as to their right to reticence on these points. An 
eminent American divine, the head of one of the largest New 
England universities, whose wisdom and wit have delighted 
many of us, speaking upon this question, said : "If I unite with 
a dozen friends once a week for social or literary improvement, 
I know of no law, human or divine, that compels me to give an 
account of my doings to Tutor Tidball." And on this very 
question of secrecy, as a simple matter of fact, membership of 
college fraternities seems frequently to exhaust the desire of 
young men for entrance into secret organizations, and to keep 
them from entering the great secret societies of the world at 
large. A bitter enemy of the great secret benevolent societies 
of the country once compared them to the small-pox ; if this be 
just, entrance into the college fraternities might be considered, 
perhaps, as a vaccination. 

Again, it is objected that the literary exercises in these chap- 
ters of twenty or thirty men stand in the way of the more im- 
portant exercises of the larger open literary societies. This is, 
probably, to a considerable extent, true. Yet, in justice, it must 
be said that some other causes have done much to weaken the 
large open societies. They have declined in a very striking 
manner at one of our greater universities, where the college fra- 
ternities have hardly had any existence ; still this charge has 
more truth in it than any man devoted to our higher education 
could wish. But it is an evil which can be removed : half the 
lung power expended by college officers in declaiming against 
the fraternities would, if exercised in favor of the open literary 
societies, obviate it. The literary exercises of the various chap- 


ters could be made to strengthen the exercises of the open so- 
cieties, becoming an introduction and preparation for them. 

Again, it is said that the fraternities take part in college poli- 
tics. This is true. They seem to hold a relation to college pol- 
itics like that held by the guilds to the mediaeval municipalities. 
But, after all, is this not simply one form of an evil which, in 
some form, is, as things go at present, inevitable? Would not 
cliques, clubs, parties, and intrigues exercise an influence in 
student elections if no fraternities existed ? Bring together a 
mere score of students in the smallest of American colleges, and 
party politics will be at once developed. It seems a result of 
our American atmosphere. 

Again, it is said that the fraternities produce narrowness and 
cliquishness. There is enough truth in this to make it the duty 
of every chapter to guard against these evils. But do we not 
err in attributing to the fraternities what is frequently the out- 
come of individual character? Coming out of church, once, 
after hearing a clergyman preach a sermon which showed the 
most astounding narrowness of vision and thought, one of my 

neighbors said to me : **That sermon of the Rev. Mr. does 

not surprise me. We were members of the same fraternity in 
college, and he regarded all students outside of it with abhor- 
rence or contempt, just as he now regards all people outside his 
sect." In this case, as in many others, narrowness was an indi- 
vidual characteristic which would have betrayed itself under any 

Every large college has now so many organizations of various 
sorts, and every student stands in so many different relations to 
his fellows, that cliquishness is, it seems to me, diminishing. I 
have found, too, in my own administration, that a little common- 
sense ridicule poured, from time to time, upon fraternity narrow- 
ness, has a very useful effect. 

But an objection is urged which surprises me much. This is 
that membership in organizations not open to the public takes 
the place of family life. This would seem an argument in favor 
of the fraternities. The vast majority of students at college 
have no family life. They are far from their homes, and a fra- 
ternity properly organized has, in more than one case, supplied 


perhaps the best substitute possible for the family relation. Any 
properly constituted chapter contains steady, thoughtful, earnest 
men who exercise almost a parental care over younger mem- 
bers. I speak from experience. An ounce of fact is worth a 
pound of theory. Not to mention others, how can I forget T. 
F. D., whom we used to speak of as "the bishop," and who 
would, since that, have been really a bishop had he possessed a 
spark of worldly ambition ? Who, in a certain Yale chapter of 
1852-53, does not remember his laugh as the heartiest, his fun 
as the best, his scholarship as the most inspiring, his counsel as 
the most disinterested, and his kind, serious words of warninp" 
as the most precious ? 

Objection is also made on the score of expense. This ob- 
jection takes two forms. First, it is said that the money given 
to fraternity purposes would be more useful if applied to some- 
thing else. This argument goes a great way. It is equally 
good against eating a sweet potato or an oyster. Strictly ad- 
hered to, it would reduce each of us to a certain number of 
ounces of the plainest food that would maintain life. It is 
equally cogent against the wearing of anything save the rough- 
est and most serviceable fabrics. Pictures, engravings, beautiful 
books, works of art, would be equally under the ban. It can be 
used with killing effect against a ministerial tea-party or an 
alumni dinner ; against the great majority of church bells and 
steeples ; indeed, against every sort of edifice for religious pur- 
poses save an oblong box with square windows. Methinks I 
hear a voice, "Why was not this ointment sold for three hun- 
dred pence and given to the poor?" but I hear also that other 
utterance, "Man shall not live by bread alone." 

But the objection on the score of expense is stated in another 
way, which seems to me entitled to more careful consideration. 
It is said that students have sometimes been led into an outlay 
for social gatherings, chapter-houses, and the like, which they 
could ill afford. Here is certainly a point where every fraternity 
ought to be on its guard. All Americans are interested in keep- 
ing down any tendency to extravagance in our institutions of 
learning. Such tendencies do exist both within and without 
the fraternities, and they ought to be fought at every point. So 


far as they exist within the fraternities they are simply bubbles 
upon the stream of American life. College life has been made 
somewhat more luxurious, just as home and hotel life have, but 
not, on the whole, to so great a degree, save in one or two of 
the greater institutions, which are powerfully influenced from 
neighboring luxurious cities. The colleges and universities 
more remote from the cities are by no means luxurious. Still, 
constant effort should be made in the fraternities to keep ex- 
penses down. The social gatherings should be made simple, 
the chapter-houses, while roomy and comfortable, should not 
be extravagant ; building committees should bear in mind that 
two-thirds of the ''Queen Anne" aftd other decorations lavished 
upon houses will within twenty years be thrown into the rub- 
bish heap. Wealthy graduates should do what they can to 
provide for their respective chapters suitable houses, and, when 
this in done, scholarship endowments, which would diminish 
the expenses of members of small means. This done, the fra- 
ternities could justly boast that they diminish undergraduate 
expenses rather than increase them. It is a fact within my 
knowledge that, owing to contributions of this sort, life in some 
of the fraternity houses is cheaper than life of a similar sort out- 

But there is a duty here for college officers. It has been my 
practice, during my entire executive connection with Cornell 
University, to have at the beginning of ev^ery year a simple 
''public talk" w^ith the entering class — a sort of free-and-easy 
discussion of college life, with indications of some things best 
to do, and some things not best. I have always cautioned these 
youths regarding the college fraternities, advising them not to 
be in haste to enroll themselves, to look closely at the men with 
whom they would be thus associated, and to count the cost. I 
have thought this wiser than to indulge in general denuncia- 
tions, which leave the student just where he was before, since 
he regards them as purely conventional, professional, goody- 
goody, Sunday-school talk, and very rarely takes them into the 
account in shaping his course. 

And finally, it is said that a number of the most venerated 
officers of American colleges have declared against the fraterni- 


ties. This is true ; but it is quite as true that just as many ven- 
erated officers have declared against other things in the devel- 
opment of the American university system which have been 
established in spite of them, and which have turned out to be 
blessings. Perhaps one trouble with some of these excellent 
men is that they are so venerable. There is no step in the pro-» 
gress of colleges and universities that has not been earnestly 
opposed on apparently cogent grounds by most worthy college 
officers. While the objections to college fraternities have come 
from some of the best men in our country, I think that it will 
be found that, as a rule, they have never known the better fra- 
ternities save from the out^de. Their arguments seem based 
entirely on theory ; and nothing is more misleading than a 
priori argument regarding institutions. In such a way republi- 
can government and every form of association into which men 
have grouped themselves, religious or political, have been ar- 
gued down. The true question is. Are the fraternities as a fact, 
under all the circumstances of the case, more powerful for evil 
than for good ? My contention is that they reduce certain in- 
evitable evils in college life to a minimum, that they produce 
good in many ways, and that, when college authorities deal with 
them in a large-minded spirit, they can be made to do still more 


Andrew D. White. 

188/.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 8 1 



Salem, Va., May 27, 1887. 

Editors Palm : The session is nearly ended, and consequently 
all are manfully at work ; some striving for medals and honors, 
others striving for the sunny side of 75. Senior examinations 
have been over for several weeks, on which account the lower 
classmen quake and tremble when they see the mighty Senior 
coming, intent on a two hours' visit Two of our boys are in 
the graduating class, Bros. Greever and Smith. The latter was 
chosen as one of the performers of the Class Day exercises, and 
the former will be one of the contestants for the medal in ora- 

Our chapter will suffer a loss of three men at the end of 
this year, yet I feel sure that the remaining brothers can carry 
on matters successfully. 

• Not long since we initiated Mr. L. A. Clark, of Rayne, La., 
and he is fast becoming a full-blooded Alpha Tau. 

We have been using all our energies and means in fitting up 
our hall, and must say we are succeeding very well. (Perhaps 
this has caused a little negligence toward the Palm). Virginia 
Epsilon boasts a great deal nicer hall than could any members 
of olden days. In **Tara's Harp," Moore says, "so sleeps the 
pride of former days," which cannot be applied to us, as ours is 
a waking pride, and 

"The harp that once through Tara's halls, 

The soul of music shed, 
No longer is mute on Tara's walls 

As if that soul were dead." 

Coming Commencement being the time for the Triennial Re- 
union of the old students, we are looking for a number of our 
old men whom we wish to entertain as pleasantly as possible. 



We hope that many Alpha Tau Omegas will come back and 
make a happy reunion all around, and we assure them that they 
will receive the hearty welcome and the warmest affections of 
all our boys. 

Bro. A. S. Heilig, our W. M , is now in Washington attend- 
ing the National Drill, but will return ere Commencement. 

It was with deep sorrow that we learned of the death of Bro. 
Jas. W. Wilkinson, who died at Mercer University, where he 
was with one of the best chapters of Alpha Tau Omega. He 
was first a member of Va. Epsilon, and was loved by all. Ap- 
propriate resolutions were adopted by Va. Epsilon chapter, and 
were published in the Roanoke Collegian, and we wish them 
published in the Palm also. 

In addition to the three new chapters established we hope 
soon to hear of more. Let the noble work go on ! 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

E. L. Greever, 



Richmond, Ky., June 5, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Commencement with all its hurry and con- 
fusion is now in full blast, so I will content myself with a short 
letter, and I have very serious doubts about its reaching you in 
time for publication. Any way, here goes. Our officers for the 
ensuing quarter are as follows : E. Byar, W. M.; W. R. Shack- 
elford, W\ C; J. A. Johnson, W. K. E.; R. H. Adams, W. K. A.; 
R. G. Belding, W. Sc; L. Taylor, W. U.; C. S. Ely, W. Se., and 
R. W. Miller, Correspondent. 

We graduate this week two men, Bro. Shackelford taking the 
degree of B. A., Bro. Byar that of B. S. In the oratorical con- 
test for the best speaker's medal your humble correspondent has 
the honor to represent his chapter. Both Bros. Shackelford and 
Byar will occupy important positions on class day, and we shall 
be proud of the record they have made as students and as Bros. 

In the last election of Atlantis editors Bro. Johnson was cho- 
sen editor-in-chief, and your correspondent first associate editor, 


We did not succeed in winning the declaimer's medal, but were 
none the less proud of Bro. Adams, our representative in the 

The personals which you requested you will find enclosed, 
and I believe that I have given you the name and business of 
each alumnus of Ky. Zeta. 

Fraternally yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

R. W. Miller, 



Farmdale, Ky., May 14, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The issue of your next Palm will find the 
brothers of the Ky. Mu at their southern and western homes. 
How pleasant to sing the Alpha Tau Omega songs under the 
cool and refreshing shade of the fragrant and sweet scented 
magnolias ! All the members are charmed with the melodious 
Alpha Tau Omega songs. Brother N. Holden, the Arion of 
the K. M. I. hill, discoursed sweet music on his guitar while 

'''A. T. £1. O ! express admiration, 
Rouse to happy contemplation, 
Sing a song of exultation," etc., etc. 

Bro. H. Neely gave full vent to his lungs in accompanying Bro. 
Holden, and succeeded admirably in raising the taste and stand- 
ard of music at the Ky. Mu chapter. Music has charms, no 
doubt, especially, when performed by experts. Music fills the 
soul with sweet emotions, pervading to a certain extent, the 
monotonous paths of a Freshman or Sophomore. Maj. S. R. 
Allen, our W, M., is determined to organize a music-band at the 
opening of the next session, and the singing will be accompan- 
ied by a full orchestra. Bro. T. Hardin, the violinist, offered his 
services. His promise, once given, means success. Bro. Hardin 
is going to work for the re-establishment of the Ky. Omicron. 

Each of my letters contains the name of some beloved 
brother who, forced by circumstances, is obliged to bid us adieu. 
Bro. H. C. Allen, W. K. A., started for Mo. in the month of 


April. We hated to give him up. His kindness and good fel- 
lowship endeared him to all the cadets. We listened with feel- 
ings of sorrow and regret to his farewell speech. May his lot 
be cast among the prosperous, and may contentment and hap- 
piness encircle the paths of his manhood. Bro. Hugh will be a 
shining light in the ministry. Necessity knows no law, conse- 
quently, there is no contending with necessity. 

In March we were agreeably surprised by the arrival of our 
handsome brother, J. H. Allen, Jr. He hailed from St. Louis, 
accompanied by his pretty and lovely bride, and sojourned 
amongst us for several weeks, taking in the honey-moon. Our 
chapter and all the cadets included gave a hop in his honor. 
Brother Howard Allen was married by his grandfather, the gen- 
eral, who went to St. Louis in order to perform that pleasant cer- 
emony. May Providence bless and protect that young couple ! 

The Commencement will take place June 2. Thus far we 
have gathered some honors. Bro. T. Hardin, Russelville, Ky., 
bore off the gold medal in 2nd Declamation. We are confident 
to capture some of the other prizes. Bro. W. McKee, Law- 
renceburg, Ky., is going to address the members of the Philo. 
D. Society. Maj. S. R. Allen was the orator in 1886, Bro. 
Jim Hillman is now in New Hampshire. He cannot forget the 
old Ky. Mu. 

As the end of the academic year approaches all the cadets 
are anxious to get home. The examinations have begun, and 
after the close of this ordeal some of us may cross the big pond 
to witness a royal jubilee. We have plenty of Democratic ju- 
bilees, but what are they compared with those exuberances of 
hilarity in which the nabobs indulge. As we follow the West 
Point system, there will not be much of a Commencement as in 
other colleges. We are going to have a ball as usual, and the 
beauty of the surrounding cities will be assembled at the clas- 
sical halls of the K. M. L 

The following brothers intend going to the Ala. State Alumni 
Association : Bros. H. Neely, Tenn., N. Holden, Florida, J. 
Spurr, Tenn., D. and J. Hillman, Tenn. Bro. Tom Brewer, of 
Magnolia, Arkansas, is expected to furnish the flowers for the 
decoration of the hall, and Bro. Holden will see that every Al- 


pha Tau wears a button-hole bouquet. As your "humble" cor- 
respondent (a term which every body uses) lives in Macon, Miss., 
Birmingham can be reached in a few hours, provided Congress 
changes that high tariff and thereby makes some of the editors 
supremely happy. I wish I could induce Bro. Dawlt Arnold to 
accompany me to Birmingham. You would see a true speci- 
men of Kentuckian manliness. I almost forgot mentioning the 
good news concerning Bro. G. L. King, La. He fully recovered 
from his late illness and will be with us in September. Bro. H. 
M'Kay, Ky., is enjoying himself at the edge of a sloping lake 
or river watching the finny tribe, while Bro. W. Courtney ad- 
mires the classical figures of the sportive Tritons. Could I for- 
get the distinguished brothers, Noel Gaines and J. T. Gray, Ky.? 
Why they are the very backbone of this Institute. What would 
become of the K. M. I. if these good brothers were to disappear 
from this classic soil ? They are the efficient ''tambours" of the 
company. Bros. Noel and T. Gray will continue sounding the 
reveille to the utter disgust of all the cadets. I sincerely hope 
they will be allowed to perform that sacred duty on the day of 
the last reckoning. With much fraternal love, I am 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

G. R. Klinkhard, 



Washington, D. C, June i, 1887. 

Editors Palm : I regret very much that circumstances have 
prevented my writing earlier, but hope to gain an entrance into 
the June number of our fraternity magazine, in order that our 
many brethren and sister chapters may be apprised of the re- 
vival, organization and flourishing condition of the Upsilon 

The old Upsilon was established sometime in 1874, with two 
charter members, and before the close initiated two more stu- 
dents, making a total of four members which she retained until 
her death, which occurred the following year, on account of laws 
passed by a hostile faculty. 


Since the death of Upsilon the Columbian University has 
changed its location from the suburbs of the city into an ele- 
gant building, recently erected for it by the philanthropist, W. 
W. Corcoran, in the very heart of the capital and only two 
squares from the White House, on Fifteenth and H Sts. The 
school is in a most flourishing condition. 

I came here fresh from Beta Delta (Univ. of Ala.) and having 
an acquaintance among the students of the Columbian Univ., 
commenced to make inquiries at once as to the standard and 
work of the school, and the character of the students in attend- 

Having satisfied myself concerning the reputation of the 
school and the gentlemanly bearing of her students, I inter- 
viewed several members of our Alumni Association ; who, at 
one of their meetings, unanimously seconded me, and encour- 
aged the revival. 

At my first opportunity, thereafter, I approached five students, 
whom I knew to be perfect gentlemen, fine scholars and worthy 
in every respect to become members of our noble Brotherhood. 

Upon obtaining their consent to join us, I made application 
to revive Upsilon, and invited the D. C. A. Ass. to perform the 
ceremony of initiation, which they accepted. 

After some delay the requisite authority arrived, and the As- 

^sociation met at their headquarters, Kellogg Building, on the 

iJ r A \i/UV^S^^ ^^ April i/, 1887, and after due preparation, formally in- 

Ip-iAJ^ itiated into the mysteries of Alpha Tau Omega the following 

/' A-Z^^yA-X-^*'--- students, in the order named : John M. Thompson, Columbia, 

b^ S. C, W. K. K; J. William Henry, Washington, D. C, W. Sen. 

and Usher; Arthur P. Davis, Junction City, Kansas, W. K. A.; 

Frank B. Clements, Tuscaloosa, Ala., W. Scr., and Exium P, 

Lewis, Tarboro', N. C, W. C. 

After the above ceremony the new chapter perfected an or- 
ganization by electing the officers as named above, with J. C. 
Pugh as W. M. 

A committee was appointed which has drawn the chapter by- 
laws, forwarded them for approval, and received them with the 
proper signature from headquarters. 

Thirty dollars was immediately appropriated to purchase 



some paraphernalia and to furnish our Hall. The amount we 
owe the Palm will be sent immediately. 

We return our sincere thanks to the D. C. Association, and 
to those especially who f^ave us such valuable aid and sugges- 
tions at our first meeting. 

The chapter was immediately recognized by the other frater- 
nities already established, as entitled to respect, both as evinced 
by the character of the members and the general reputation of 
the Fraternity itself. 

The revival of the old Upsilon was hailed by us with a pecu- 
liar pleasure as offering an opportunity of cementing the friend- 
ship existing among its members. 

The future of the chapter remains to be written. Its mem- 
bers include the strongest in the Columbian University. 

They are at work on the right track, and they can not fail to 
take a strong position both in college and in the Fraternity. 

The old Upsilon was characterized by the true manliness of 
its members, and may the new Upsilon be worthy of the old — 
an honor to the Fraternity and the pride of her sister chapters. 

Well can we boast of the good reputation of all her men, and 
dwell with pride upon the harmony that characterizes our inter- 
nal work. 

Brother Thompson gives a glowing account of his recent visit 
to S. C. Alpha Phi and is more than pleased with the cordiality 
with which he was received and the solid condition he left her in. 

It gave the members of Upsilon much pleasure to meet so 
many brothers here last May, and feel very much better in 
knowing such a gentlemanly crowd of boys — who seemed to be 
such enthusiastic Alpha Taus. Among the number were Broth- 
ers Eugene P. Hawkins (Ga. Alpha Beta) Birmingham, Ala., A. 
S. Heileg, DeBell, Metz and Martin, (of Va. Epsilon) Salem, Va. 
We all wish them much happiness and hope to meet them again 

With my love to all Alpha Taus, 

I remain yours fraternally, 

John C. Pugh, 




Univ. of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., May i6, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Looking over the Palm for about the fourth 
time I am suddenly confronted with a paragraph to the effect 
that all chapter letters must be in the Business Manager's hands 
by May 20th, and so I am almost afraid that my first attempt 
will come too late for publication. But perhaps, after all, it is 
just as well that our letter be written as late as possible, because, 
as you probably know, the long vacation at this University 
comes during the winter months, and the very dreariness of the 
mountain itself at the opening of the term is enough to make 
chapter news somewhat scarce. Be that as it may, we certainly 
have not been inactive during the short space since school re- 
opened, and I now have the pleasure of introducing to the Fra- 
ternity Bros. J. F. Crosby and W. R. Watson. Contrary to 
some expectations we again have Bro. Ruth with us, but the 
other loss prophesied in our last chapter letter has come true, 
and brother Finney's voice is no longer to be heard at our 
meetings, which certainly used to be very much enlivened by its 

We have sustained another serious loss, and this time very 
unexpectedly. I mean brother Steel. For a long time he has 
been one of our most active members, and was our last Worthy 
Master. He was ordained this winter by our W. G. C, and 
since then has had charge of a mission at Covington, this State. 
He is not so far off though but what we hope to see him on 
special occasions. It is rather early in the year to be talking of 
honors, but brother McKellar has led off by representing his so- 
ciety at the annual contest of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Or- 
atorical Association. Tennessee Alpha Tau was represented in 
the same way, and so a great many of the boys had an oppor- 
tunity of meeting some of our Clarksville brothers. Although 
I did not have the pleasure myself, I feel almost as if I had 
from the way they have been talked of ever since. 

It is getting to be somewhat of a ''chestnut" to talk about 
our new chapter house, but nevertheless I have the pleasure of 


saying that the work on it has been about completed, and we 
hope to move into it within a few days. Any brother who may 
have occasion to come to Sewanee may be sure of a warm re- 
ception and a place in the heart of every member of Tennessee 

At a recent regular election the following officers were elected : 
R. E. Brown, W. M. ; J. E. H. S. Galbraith, W. C. ; A. Gaillard, 
W. K. E. ; J. M. Nelson, W. K. A. ; W. H. Du Bose, W. U.; E. 
S. Fry, W. S. ; W. H. Ruth, W. Sen. 
With love to all Alpha Taus, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

J. C. Morris, 



University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., June 12, 1887. 

Editors Palm : The Senior class have just finished their "fi- 
nals" and I am now at liberty. I therefore take advantage of 
the first opportunity to write my letter to the Palm. The last 
issue of the Palm made up in appearance, inside and out, for its 
tardiness. All the boys united in saying it was a fine issue and 
that all the succeeding ones, they hoped, would be as good. 

Georgia Alpha Beta is showing up in good style now. Four 
of our Sophs entered the contest for speakers' places for Com- 
mencement, and three of them got the desired appointments. 
Brother Pottle of the Law School took off the handsome gold 
medal awarded by the Demosthenian Society to the best deba- 
ter. Brother Pottle also enjoys the reputation of being the best 
writer in college. 

Brother Johnson has led the Engineering course this year 
and will take first honor if he returns to Commencement. He is 
now at work on the survey of the C. & M. R. R. At the field 
day of athletic sports. Alpha Tau entered one man, your corre- 
spondent, who took first place for standing broad jump, and sec- 
ond place on horizontal-bar acting. 

We are also getting into the good graces of the young ladies 
by discoursing sweet music to them on sentimental nights. We 



have organized an Alpha Tau Omega quartette and have printed 
cards, thus : 




Assisted by 

Brother J. W. Bennett is here on a short visit now and seems 
to be getting along finely with law. 

Bro. B. M. Bishop who has been with us for some time re- 
turned to Auburn, Ala., to attend Commencement. 

We were greatly shocked to learn that brother R. L. Math- 
ews, of Ala. Beta Delta, had been drowned while in bathing. 
Your correspondent was personally acquainted with him and 
always found him enthusiastic for Alpha Tau. He was one of 
the charter members of his chapter, and you may possibly re- 
member having seen him at Congress as the delegate from Ala. 
Beta Delta. 

My address will be hereafter H. K. Milner, 1920 6th Ave. N., 
Birmingham, Ala., to which address I would like to have my 
Palm sent. 

Yours Fraternally, 

H. Key Milner, 



Auburn, Ala., May 21, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Brother Persons having left us to make his 
abode among the dusky Mexicans, where he goes to fill the po- 
sition of civil engineer, throws the duty of correspondent upon 
your humble servant. And as it is a position that is entirely 
new to me, you will please pardon my crude and brief letters. 

For some long time past we have had no place of meeting, 
our hall having been torn to pieces undergoing repairs, but I 
am glad to state that this is no longer the case. Our hall has 
been remodeled and elegantly furnished and is now the pride of 
every member. We celebrated its completion with a banquet, 


that every one seemed to enjoy. But we do not take all the 
credit of the fixing of our hall, nor the success of our entertain- 
ment to ourselves, for our ever willing and ready sisters lent 
their needed hands and tasty suggestions, which we appreciated 
beyond expression. 

Our final examinations are now nearly at hand, and all the 
boys are busy preparing for them. There is no doubt but that 
our boys will come out in the lead, one of which will get first 

The announcement of speakers for Commencement was made 
a short while ago, and I am pleased to say that Alpha Tau Om- 
ega was in the lead, having three out of six of the Senior speak- 
ers and three out of five in the Junior class, while in the society 
contest we have three out of four speakers. 

Since last you heard from us brother B. M. Bishop has been 
called home on account of sickness in his family. Brother 
Bishop was a very enthusiastic supporter of the Maltese Cross, 
stood well in his classes and was held in high esteem by every 
one who knew him, and consequently we greatly felt his loss. 

Brother W. L. Robertson has also left us to go into business 
in Birmingham, Ala. Brother Robertson is a very energetic 
young man and this, we know, coupled with his fine business 
qualifications, will insure his success. 

But while we have been so unfortunate in losing these broth- 
ers, we have had the fortune of receiving into our band brother 
J. H. Drake, a young man of noble qualities and one who will 
reflect great honor on our fraternity. Hoping that this letter 
will be received in time for the June number, I remain. 

Yours Fraternally, 

T. D. Samford, 



Oxford, Ga., May 25, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The chapter is moving on to the end of the 
term in fine shape. We expect to beat our ''medal record" of 
last year. We took six, and hope to take seven or eight this 


year. The honors of the Senior class have been announced, 
and brother J. T. Dixon took first honor out of a class of twen- 
ty-eight. This is the highest gift of the college, and brother 
Dixon has honored himself and his chapter by taking it. We 
have two champion debaters out of six from the Few and Phi 
Gamma literary societies. 

The chapter will open with twenty-five men next Fall. There 
is not much danger for us for '8/-' 88. We are making a record 
in every department of College. Our last election resulted in 
the election of S. J. Cole, W. M., E. E. Overholt, W. K. A., W. 
L. Harman, W. U., M. M. Parks, W. S., B. A. Wise, W. K. E., 
C. H. Tigner, W. S., F. G. Corker, Cor. 

We will give Commencement an Alpha Tau Omega Com- 
mencement Reception, and will be glad to have with us any 
brothers that can come. Ten Alpha Tau girls will be stopping 
at one house. 

Emory College will catalogue two hundred and ninety stu- 
dents this year. The E. C. School of Technology is modeled 
after the Worcester, St. Louis, and Hoboken Institutes, and is 
the first and only one in the South. Two of the Worcester 
professors after visiting the school said that it is doing more 
perfect work, compared with its field, than any other like institu- 
tion in the United States. Bro. W. H. Siferd is in charge. 

We welcome D. C. Upsilon, La. Beta Epsilon, and Vt. Beta 
Zeta to the ranks of the fraternity. The extension work is pro- 
gressing finely. Bro. B. A. Wise and your correspondent of 
Ga. Alpha Theta, and brothers J. C. Wise and J, W. Clisby, of 
Ga. Alpha Zeta, will sail for Europe on the 2d of July for the 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

F'rank G. Corker, 



Adrian Coll., Adrian Mich., May 30, 1887. 
Editors Palm : We are still gliding smoothly and steadily 
along, our rivals coming behind. Our prospects have never 


been better than at present, while resting on the flood tide of 
success. Never since the foundation of our chapter has our 
number been so large, or our members more enthusiastic. Each 
brother has made it a point to push zealously the claims of Al- 
pha Tau Omega, and to win for her the love and fealty of true- 
hearted men. While this has been the case, yet we have always 
been careful to select only such as are congenial to us, and who 
are imbued with the spirit of a pure and noble manhood. In 
this way only do we believe the best interests of our chapter 
are subserved. 

Since writing last we have had three accessions to our num- 
ber, three of whom we are all proud. Our new brothers we 
take pleasure in introducing to you : Bros. C. H. Hobart, Ohio, 
J. W. Brown, Adrian, Mich., member of Senior class, and Geo. 
B. McElroy, D. D., Ph. D., our present Prof, of Mathematics, 
and Dean of Theological School. The last of these brothers 
we take especial pride in presenting to the many ''good and 
true" members of Alpha Tau. In him we feel we have one who 
will add dignity and strength not only to our chapter, but to 
the entire fraternity. May his welcome be as cordial as his dis- 
tinguished merits and abilities are deserving. 

Bro. Andrew Kirk, Princ. of public schools at Mt. Blanchard, 
O., was with us for a week a short time ago, and encouraged 
his new brothers by his old time zeal. He will return to Com- 
mencement. Many of the old members are expected back dur- 
ing Commencement Week. It is our intention to have a ban- 
quet at the close of the term, and all things are being put in 
readiness for a grand time. 

We shall lose only one of our men by graduation, brother J. 
W. Brown. The rest, with the possible exceptions of one or 
two, will return next year. This will leave us in a good condi- 
tion to start in Sept.; and by the same policy of careful selection 
we hope to capture the very best material the college will fur- 
nish. We are at that point now where we can afford to use 
careful discretion in our choice. Numbers may be valuable, 
but worth is absolutely necessary to the permanence and well 
being of any chapter. 

Commencement already being upon us, there is less time to 


devote to our fraternity work. Yet our meetings are regular, 
and well attended. In short, Alpha Mu we believe is destined 
to thrive, and continually grow stronger. 

The song books came to hand a few days ago, and were 
gladly received. They reflect much credit upon their compil- 
ers ; and certainly meet a long felt want. May they meet with 
that success which they deserve, and fill that place in the several 
chapters for which they were designed. But enough for this 
time. Love to all the brothers. 

Fraternally yours, 

H. R. Stark, 



June 4, 1887. 

Editors Palm : The brothers have granted me the pleasure 
and privilege of chronicling the recent doings of our chapter. 
In the first place both the college and our chapter have experi- 
enced a steady growth during the past two years unequaled 
perhaps in the history of either, the unwarranted statement of 
the correspondent of our rival chapter in their journal last Win- 
ter to the contrary notwithstanding. The groundless, diabolical 
mention therein made is characteristic of the correspondent who 
wrote it, who, by the way, seems to be one of a number of black 
sheep in their fold, which we would recommend them to tag ere 
the weather becomes too warm, lest by its nauseous concretions 
it despoil the entire carcass. 

During the Spring we gave the goat an opportunity to dis- 
play his rampant powers and take a little vernal recreation, and 
although time seemed to leave his zeal and ardor unmitigated, 
perhaps even more intense, yet Messrs. J. S. Miller, W. I. S. 
Gulp, E. E. Patterson, and H. D. Dietz rode him grandly and 
well. These gentlemen had demonstrated by their gentlemanly 
deportment, high class record, and good social qualities their 
worthiness to display the Maltese Cross. 

On March 18, the King of Terrors for the second time crossed 
our threshold and summoned Wilbur Hartshorn from our midst 


to his eternal home. While we sorely mourn the untimely de- 
parture of our dear brother, yet we rejoice in the trust and belief 
that he awaits the faithful in the chapter hall of the redeemed. 

We this year lose two of our number by graduation, brothers 
H. H. Cully and T. E. Wilson. The genuine worth of these 
boys has by time and intimate association become especially 
dear to us, and it is needless to say we are sorry to part with 
them, but recognizing the ability of each, we glory that their 
triumph in life's battle is assured. Bro. H. H. is without doubt 
the orator semper paratus of the college. Bro. T. E. is perhaps 
the finest linguist in the institution. 

Characteristics : G. L. King, gallantry ; F. B. Douglas, ton- 
sorial artist; Earseman, slugger; J. W. Moore, anatomical phys- 
icist ; Walter Hartshorn, student of aesthetics ; T. E. Wilson, 
night worker. 


We are all glad to welcome our genial brother, A. C. Burrell, 
class of '85, who has come in to take a post graduate course. 
Bro. A. C. has been Supt. of Wilmot schools for the past two 
years, and has been re-elected at an increased salary. This cer- 
tainly speaks well for his ability as an instructor. 

Bro. Bradshaw, who has been out nearly a year zealously en- 
deavoring to start some of Keystone's incorrigibles aright, is 
once more among us. His manly appearance and decorous de- 
meanor upon the ball ground, his forensic powers in literary so- 
ciety, and his matrimonial inclinations make him an admired 
and general favorite. 

We understand that Hymen has about succeeded in bringing 
about an amorous compact between brother S. W. Mellotte, 
who has for some time held a remunerative position in the Cen- 
tennial State, and one of Portage Co.'s accomplished dames, and 
that ere this shall have reached you the merry wedding bells 
will ring forth in harmonious symphonies the nuptial consum- 
mation. May peace, plenteousness, and prosperity make their 
wedded life a shadowless day of elysian joys and connubial bliss. 

Bro. F. P. Shumaker has just completed his year's work as 
Supt. of the schools of this place. His work here is a re-exem- 


plification of his ability to manage the young hopefuls so as to 
attain the best results. He has been retained at an advanced 
salary and will continue to be one of O. Alpha Nu's active 

J. K. Jenkins, Prof, in Damascus Academy, has just com- 
pleted a very successful year's work and will spend his summer 
vacation in the rural districts, hunting, fishing, and various juve- 
nile pursuits, and will make it his business to attend our regular 
Monday evening meetings. 

Since our last missive Bro. O. P. Woolf hath obeyed the 
scriptural injunction, gone from under the paternal roof, and ta- 
ken unto himself a wife. 

With best wishes for Palm, and Alpha Tau Omega in general, 

I am, Fraternally, 

E. E. Roberts, 



St. Lawrence Univ., Canton, N. Y., June 6, 1887. 

Editors Palm : May 20th, the time stated at which all letters 
for the June Palm must be in, passed, I am sorry to say, with- 
out notice. But as we have a bit of news which we think will 
be of interest and satisfaction to the fraternity, I venture to send 
it along, hoping, perchance, it may reach you in time to appear 
in the June number. 

Through the instrumentality of brother C. S. Ferris, we can 
say that another chapter is born, and that the glorious principles 
and good influence of Alpha Tau Omega have been carried into 
another State, and there planted at the University of Vermont, 
in Burlington. Bro. Ferris being satisfied that here was a good 
opening for a chapter of our fraternity, and urged on by us, pro- 
ceeded to take the initiatory steps for carrying out the enterprise 
of founding a chapter, and soon succeeded in initiating five men 
into the mysteries of Alpha Tau Omega, with the assurance of 
several others in the near future. 

We at least feel highly interested in our sister chapter so re- 
cently founded, and trust that she will be recognized and fos- 


tered by the fraternity. We hope that soon her voice may be 
heard in fraternity work. 

Our chapter is prospering. At the coming Commencement, 
we graduate one man, brother McGerry, whom we must neces- 
sarily miss. We lose in him a brother tried and true. Our 
best wishes follow him. With twelve good men at the opening 
of another year, we have high hopes. 

We all were much pleased with the last issue of the Palm, 
and congratulate the fraternity organ on its new ''dress." 
Yours truly in Alpha Tau Omega, 

C. H. Brown, 



Gettysburg, Pa. 

Editors Palm : The ever moving cycle of time has again 
brought around that period in which our chapter letter for the 
Palm must be written, and it is with both pleasure and regret 
that I take up the pen to tell to our most noble and excellent 
Fraternity the news of our chapter. Since the last letter was 
written incidents have occurred which will not soon be forgotten. 

We are forcibly reminded that this is the end of another col- 
legiate year, and it is with great regret that we have to announce 
the loss of three of our active members, Bros. Bateman, Holz- 
apfel and Steck. 

Though we regret the loss of these brothers, yet we have 
cause whereof to feel elated. Bro. Holzapfel has shared the 
second and Bro. Steck the fourth honors of their class. 

The condition of the chapter is as usual and our prospects for 
the future are brilliant. There is a lively interest existing in our 
chapter, and as long as this is so the Alpha Upsilon chapter of 
Alpha Tau Omega will flourish. It is to be hoped that this is 
the condition of every chapter and no doubt it is so. Our 
meetings as a whole have been very interesting, and our Tem- 
ple of Friendship has frequently resounded with the merriment 
of the assembled brothers, for joy and rejoicing are shared to 
all alike. Semper ita sit! 



It now becomes our duty to announce the loss of two of our 
Alpha Taus from other means than by graduation : brother L. 
DeWitt Gerhardt has taken with him from our midst Miss Ella 
Rebert, a young lady and worthy Alpha Tau, whom we all es- 
teemed very highly, and whose loss from Gettysburg society will 
not only be felt by her brothers in Alpha Tau Omega, but by 
all who knew her. We all wish them a long and happy life, 
and we know that it cannot be otherw^ise for they are well 
mated. Sic esto omnibus. ^ 

We had a visit from brother Baker, a member of the High 
Council, who gave us a very pleasant address on Fraternity work 
which enthused us all. Bro. Baker is perfectly capable of mov- 
ing any one when he pours forth his mighty eloquence. 

I must close this letter now with my best wishes to all Alpha 
Taus. I remain. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega forever, 

W. S. Lee, 



S. C. College, Columbia, S. C, May 17, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It is with great pleasure that I add the voice 
of all Alpha Phis, as being highly pleased with the last issue of 
the Palm in its new garb. I think it much improved in every 
respect, and trust that she may ever continue her advancement 
towards the goal of honor and fame. 

Since writing my last communication our number, we are 
sorry to say, has been diminished by the withdrawal of brother 
Preston Darby from college, who on account of his merry old 
soul, was and ever will be, heartily welcomed at our meetings, 
and has secured a position in Clerk of Court's office, still, al- 
though very busy, he honors us with an occasional visit. 

We are proud to know that Virginia Delta sanctioned our 
good judgment in taking in such a man as Preston and would 
state, just by way of advice, that she had better be cautious be- 
fore offering bets as to what Alpha Phi can do in the way of 
sending out men, since we have some others like Preston. 


Our chapter will undergo a material loss next year, as some 
of our best men will not return. We will part with our last 
^'charter member" this year. While we regret his leaving us, 
still he has our best wishes for a bright and progressive future. 
He has always been an active, enthusiastic and hard working 
member. We will leave the chapter in the hands of good Al- 
pha Taus who will act with discretion and further the interest 
and progress of our chapter. 

Bro. H. P. Green, who will graduate in June, expects to re- 
turn next year and complete his law course, and will add his at- 
tention to the interest of the chapter. 

Bro. E. W. Breeden will also take his diploma in June, and 
has not decided upon any occupation as yet, still he seems in- 
clined towards the study of medicine. He sometimes takes 
pleasure in picturing himself out as a plough-boy. The **01d 
Lady" has my best wishes wherever 'she' goes. 

Bro. D. M. Blanding, another graduate and loss to our chap- 
ter, speaks of studying law. 

And now, last but not leasts comes our honored "charter mem- 
ber," Waddy Thompson, who, after taking his diploma in June, 
intends following the study of law. This makes six lawyers 
Alpha Phi chapter has turned out. 

At our last meeting we held an election which resulted as fol- 
lows : W. M. Hamer, W. ]M.; W. A. Edwards, W. C; T. C. 
Smith, W. K. E.; Willie Butler, W. K. A.; D. H. Hanckel, W. 
Sc; E. W. Breeden, W. S.; E. C. McGregor, W. U. 

Bro. James McGowan came through a few weeks since, but 
only having a short while to spend in the city we saw very little 
of him. 

We were glad to learn that Mr. John Thompson, son of ex- 
Gov. Thompson of this State, had become a member of Alpha 
Tau Omega. We hear he is in our city, but have not had the 
pleasure of a fraternal shake. 

Hoping this will reach you in due time, I remain ever 
Yours very truly in Alpha Tau Omega, 

W. M. Hamer, 




Springfield, O., May 19, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Desiring Alpha Psi to be represented in the 
June number, your correspondent grasps his pen forgetting the 
final examination and whatever else there is to disturb a Senior's 
serenity. Since the last letter Bro. Victor Y. Smith received 
first honor at the Junior Oratorical Contest. The honors of the 
Senior class will not be announced until next week, and as we 
are not expecting any we will not delay this letter to report them. 

The fraternities represented here are getting out an annual 
called the Aloha, otherwise there seems to be little fraternity 
activity in the college. We were pleased to learn that D. C. 
Upsilon has been revived, also of the establishment of chapters 
La. Beta Epsilon and Vt. Beta Zeta. We hope in the next let- 
ter to congratulate the fraternity on the establishment of another 
chapter in this State. 

The meeting of the State Association at Mansfield in June 
will not be favored by the presence of our W. G. C. as he sails 
for Europe June 1 8th. We wish him a pleasant and profitable 
voyage. Our chapter will lose two men this year by the grad- 
uation of W. F. Lamme and your correspondent. In closing 
we will add a few personals. 

Bro. Guy Coblentz is at Chicago taking a course of lectures 
in Pharmacy. 

Bro. R. W. Mitchell is still teaching and now holds a State 

Bro. Harry Phillips is at O. W. U., Delaware, O., and is still 
a loyal Alpha Tau. 

Yours in the bonds, 

C. A. Krout, 


Univ. of Florida, Lake City, Fla., May 20th, 1887. 
Dear Palm : I am happy to say that I am a member of this 
grand fraternity, and that it becomes my duty to write you. 
You should know how Alpha Omega became located here. 




Our friend and brother S. Boteler Thompson, a true and de- 
voted adherent of the Maltese Cross, a son of grand old Alpha 
Epsilon chapter at Auburn, Ala., gathered together our band of 
six and with the aid of brothers Felkel, of Tallahassee, and T. 
M. Scott, of Scotland, Fla., initiated us and started our chapter. 
As such a number of the brothers had removed from Tallahas- 
see and no available material present the charter was removed 
from our beautiful capital city, Tallahassee (the home of en- 
chanting sisters), to Lake City, the seat of the University, the 
future pride of growing Florida, and here we are to stay and 
gather together the cream of Florida's chivalry and manhood. 

Our membership consists of the following: J. C. Getzen, W. 
M., Ft. White, Fla.; J. D. Baker, W. C, Jacksonville, Fla.; J. 
H. Congleton, VV.^., Sanderson, Fla.; L. M. Stevens, W. K. E., 
Jacksonville, Fla.; J. Kinard, W. U., Lake City, Fla.; and G. 
A. Chalker, W. S., Middleburg, Fla. 

Bro. S. Boteler Thompson, the founder of our chapter, resides 
in Lake City. He is engaged in the book and stationery busi- 
ness and is also postmaster of our city. He is an active mem- 
ber of our chapter and has been giving a good share of his time 
to the State Alumni Association. 

Well, dear brothers, we send you all loving greetings. Drop 
in upon us whenever you can and thus give us the pleasure of 
your counsel and presence. 


James C. Getzen, W. M., 



Simpson College, Indlanola, Ia., May i8, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Owing to the negligence of your correspon- 
dent I fear that Beta Alpha's letter will not reach you as soon 
as was requested in the last Palm, but I trust that it will arrive 
in time for the June number. 

There has been very little Greek news to report from "Simp- 
son" since the last letter. We have initiated but one man this 
term, Mr. O. W. Maxwell, and regret that we have lost for the 


present, brothers Saleno, Cook, Craig and Consigny, thus leav- 
ing only seven active members. Beta Alpha has just com- 
menced her third year, and it is with a great deal of satisfaction 
that we look over the past two years. While our growth has 
not been as rapid as some of our sister chapters, it has been 
strong and healthy, and our brothers all are enthusiastic Alpha 
Taus. Our prospect for new men is not very bright for this 
term, as the material has been pretty well culled. Our absent 
brothers are all getting along nicely. 

Bro. H. L. Loft is practicing law at Sioux City, la. 

Bro. S. H. Saleno is located in Denver, Col. 

Bro. Wm. D. Craig is Asst. Cashier in 1st N. Bank at Mace- 
donia, la. 

Bro. L. G. Consigny is bookkeeper in his f^-ther's mill at Av- 
oca, la. 

Bro. I. H. Cook is farming near Cherokee, la. 

And the Hiskey twins are inseparable, and are both at Lara- 
mie, Wyo. 

With love to all in the bonds, I am. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

F. E. Worth, 



Southern Univ., Greensboro, Ala., May 12, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The session of '86-'87 has marked the most 
prosperous year in the history of Beta Beta chapter. Our ex- 
perience, at certain periods of the session, has been peculiarly 
trying, but such, as in the end, proved to be of incalculable ben- 
efit to us as a branch of a great fraternity. We have had trials ; 
they developed the manhood that was in us. We have suffered 
some defeat in campaigning, but we now have reason to feel 
grateful that it is so, and it has taught us to exercise the great- 
est caution. Our standing in college has been truly enviable. 
Half the names on the first honor roll for the first term were 
Alpha Tau Omegas. An Alpha Tau holds first place respec- 
tively in the following classes : A. M., A. B., B. S., and B. P., 


and four of ten speakers appointed by the faculty for the ap- 
proaching Commencement exercises are of our number. There 
are five fraternities in college, Phi Delta Theta having entered 
this year. We have also won honors in our literary societies, 
but as these are not the true basis of college standing, and feel- 
ing that the temptation to make undue effort to gain such is 
fraught with much danger to a true fraternity, I refrain from 
giving these honors in detail. These facts are not chronicled 
in a vain-glorious spirit, but with the hope of affording encour- 
agement to sister chapter, and in realization of the truth that it 
lies in the power of every true and worthy member of our Fra- 
ternity to achieve an honorable record. Our initiations, since 
last we reported through the Palm, have been as follows : L. C. 
Bradley, E. W. Le.dbetter, C. P. Atkinson, and H. H. Evans, all 
of Alabama. We congratulate the Fraternity at large upon the 
acquisition of these brothers. They entered at once into the 
true spirit of fraternity life. Bro. Evans, in whom we take a 
special pride, is of the town, and promises to be of great worth 
to us. Bro. W. H. Moore, who left us last year, is associated 
with a mercantile house in town, and we are pleased to have 
him with us again. Our number is now twenty-five, and as 
brother Smith, of Mobile, who, by the way, was the twenty- 
seventh man who was honored in being made a wearer of the 
Maltese Cross, remarked to the writer, about the only objection 
to us is that we are ''too big." No doubt serious responsibili- 
ties are involved when so large a number of young men is 
pledged to the maintenance and support of principles as noble 
as are ours, yet it can be done, and increased success should but 
lead to increased diligence, and to nobler exertions on the part 
of each individual member. We have always felt the import- 
ance of having a fixed place for holding our meetings, but have 
depended upon rented rooms until this year. We have secured 
a convenient room in the college building which has been neatly 
furnished, and we shall soon have in it an elegant Temple of 
Friendship. How fond we are of this place ; how noble the 
sentiments there we breathe ; how precious the moments there 
we spend; how valuable the brotherly counsel we there receive! 
Let every chapter be furnished with a home. We shall lose a 


number of our most valuable members by graduation, but hope 
to retrieve the loss by new ones. With the prestige we have 
won through the labors of this year we hope to consummate 
even greater results during the one to come. The Palm for 
April is a genuine delight. The letters by brothers Shives, Fel- 
kel, Bishop, Krout, and by that one who had been only three 
months, as brother Mangum, McKinney, Tex., would say, "an 
incomparable Alpha Tau Omega," touch the very cords of love 
that bind us in indissoluble union. Others could be mentioned 
but space forbids. We bid a hearty God-speed to brother Watts, 
and to all who are engaged in like manner. If one would know 
the true delights of being a member of our Fraternity, let him 
quit for a short season the walls of his college, and encounter in 
a short journey the wearers of his badge. The writer has re- 
cently enjoyed such a journey. Met brother S. as above men- 
tioned, and what was the no less enjoyable, an "Alpha Tau Om- 
ega girl" from S. C, and also one of brother Glazebrook's class- 
mates who is a Phi Delta Theta. Of course he pronounced a 
eulogy. This is written by me at the request of Bro. Hewdrick, 
who, being in the A. M. class, is very busy, and could not attend 
to his duties as correspondent. 

Yours Fraternally, 

H. C. Howard, 



University of Ala., May 22, 1887. 
Editors Palm : I always turn to the " Chapter Correspon- 
dence'' in the Palm with feelings of unalloyed delight, for I see 
pictured there the state of our noble P>aternity, not in one sec- 
tion of country, but all over the union ; but notwithstanding 
this, I always put off my own chapter letter, because I fear to 
be seen amid so many more brilliant writers. Ala, Beta Delta 
has been very prosperous this year, and everything has pro- 
gressed well with us, with one exception. I speak of the death 
of brother Linn Matthews, who was drowned while bathing in 
the Warrior River^ on May 3rd. This was indeed a stunning 


blow to US, and our chapter yet reels beneath it. Bro. Math- 
ews was one of our Charter members, and his Frat. chapter has 
ever been his care and pride. He was one of the noblest men 
that ever wore a Maltese Cross ; a higher encomium I cannot 
bestow upon him. 

Since my last letter we have initiated one man, brother Os- 
monde Parker of this place. I present him to the Alpha Taus 
every where, feeling that he is a man who will be an honor to 
us, and asking for him the confidence and brotherly affection 
which they so willingly accord a newly initiated brother. 

I must congratulate the Fraternity upon having been so for- 
tunate as to have established chapters in New Orleans, Washing- 
ton, and Burlington, Vt. This is a sign of onward and upward 
progress, and it is needless for me to say that a Fraternity can- 
not stand still ; she must either progress onward, or like a cer- 
tain Irish regiment during the late war, progress to the rear. 

I feel a special interest in D. C. Upsilon, because one of the 
founders of that chapter, brother John C. Pugh, was a charter 
member of Ala. Beta Delta. Well done Jno,, "thou good and 
faithful servant!" 

We anticipate a glorious time at the State Association which 
meets in Birmingham, Ala., on the 22d and 23d of next month. 
I feel assured that all who visit the ''Magic" city will have a 
splendid time, and leave there with a considerably elevated 
opinion of our Birmingham representatives. 

Since our last letter we have been enlivened by a visit from 
brother Charlie TuUis, of Eufala, Ala. Charlie is still in the 
"cotton" business, and a mighty "dude" withal. We also had 
brother Lee Bradley of Greensboro chapter with us for a day ; 
we found him a most clever gentleman and a jolly Alpha Tau. 
Come again, brothers, and we shall be as glad to welcome you 
as we would a long lost sweet-heart. 

Bro. Renfro left us a few days ago on account of sickness, but 
will return in the course of the month. Last but not least, it is 
my pleasant duty to chronicle the visit of two fair Alpha Tau 
sisters, who made our dull barrack life most enjoyable during 
their brief stay at this place. Several of our boys developed a 
most "brotherly" feeling for them, and consequently now have 



severe cases of the blues. The young ladies I refer to are Miss 
Carlotta Hargrove, of Columbus, Miss., and Miss Bressie Walse, 
of Greensboro, Ala. 

Yours Fraternally, 

J NO. M. Francis, 



New Orleans, La., May 28th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Again it becomes my very pleasant duty to 
give to the brothers at large some account of the "new ^^'^' 
recently hatched by the dear old mother hen of Alpha Tauism. 
We must assure you that we are a very spry young offspring even 
if our feathers are not as long and large as our older brothers. 
We started from a well feathered nest, however, and we promise 
to **bob up serenely" with flying colors and well won victories 
for Alpha Tau Omega. Summer weather and mosquitoes are 
now the ruling attractions of the season and promise to stay 
with us for some time. As one of the brothers remarked, "we 
are using fans to keep off the heat, smoke to drive out the mos- 
quitoes and our our heads to keep in the grand principles taught 
by our noble order." The last we are striving hard to learn, but 
only time and earnest work can ever acquaint one fully with all 
the good and benefits to be derived from a thorough knowledge 
of the workings of a fraternity based on such principles as ours. 
Most of the brothers are young and in consequence are very 
zealous in accomplishing the work assigned to them in the com- 
mencement of their fraternity life. So it is with no little degree 
of pleasure and pride that I point to their efforts and assure our 
sister chapters that Beta Epsilon is earnestly at work for the 
good of the Order and hope to make a name that will be a pride 
for ourselves and an honor to the Fraternity. 

As our numbers were but few at the start we commenced to 
look around for new material to strengthen our chapter ; and 
as a reward for our efforts we have enlisted two more wearers of 
the Maltese, brothers Sydney J. Donelson and John Stewart, 
members of the class of '90. 


Our chapter has been temporarily deprived of the presence of 
one of its charter members, brother A. H. Sompayrac, who has 
left school for the present. We expect to have him back in our 
midst, when the fall term commences. The Palm may be sent 
to us, and we will forward his number to him on receipt. We 
are looking forward to the next one with impatience, for we find 
it a great source of pleasure to read of the strenuous efforts made 
by our sister chapters for the benefit of Alpha Tau Omega. We 
know it will not only benefit the individual chapter and its mem- 
bers, but will add to the honor and good of the whole Frater- 
nity, that they should make honest endeavors to prove their loy- 
alty and faith to our noble body. We were grieved to read of 
the death of Va. Alpha on account of the anti-fraternity laws. 
Many a good chapter has been made to suffer on account of 
the prejudices of these crusty old professors, who can't see but 
one way and that is the wrong one. We noticed an absence of 
the usual ^'Exchanges," with other Fraternity journals; but 
hope to see them in our next number, for it is very pleasant to 
see what the Greek press is doing. 

We are in receipt of a large number of congratulatory letters 
of greeting from our sister chapters and we heartily thank them 
for the rousing welcome we have received, and promise to prove 
ourselves worthy of their praise and love. Feeling that it would 
conduce to our pleasure and profit we have instituted a chapter 
correspondence, and have a regular committee whose duty it is 
to write letters to the different chapters. In this way we think 
we will become better acquainted with our distant brothers and 
thus it will prove profitable to us all. It would be a good rule 
for each -chapter to adopt such a plan, and we feel assured in 
saying that it will be a very pleasant duty. 

Fraternity news is at an ebb here, nothing to interest the dif- 
ferent chapters here. Base-ball is our principal amusement at 
present, but we will soon have to throw away our bats and per- 
haps our mcLsk and gloves, for examinations are close at hand 
and **boning" will soon be the order of the day. 

We were thinking of getting up an inter-fraternity hop, but 
it seems that the heat has set a damper on the festive proclivi- 
ties of the boys. The Kappa Alphas gave a tea some weeks 


past and most of our brothers attended, finding the Kappa Al- 
pha's most charming as hosts of the occasion. 

Sigma Chi followed their good example and proved their 
hospitality to the full extent in a bountiful spread of "the good 
things of life." Dancing was indulged in during the evening 
and as a matter of course all had a splendid time. 

There are quite a number of old Alpha Taus here in New 
Orleans and we are making endeavors to trace them out of their 
holes and give them a shaking up. They mustn't be in ignorance 
of the fact that Alpha Tau Omega is now in their midst. We 
succeeded in finding one or two and hope to add to the number 
so as to form an Alumni Association for Louisiana. 

Well I guess this rambling letter had better be brought to a 
close, for it seems that there is neither beginning nor end of it. 

I will give our chapter roll and officers and then shut up : B. 
N. Wood, VV. C; G. Abbott Waterman, W. K. E.; J. R. Moore, 
W. K. A.; G. L. Butler, W. Sc; Frank Chaleron, W. U.; John 
Stewart, W. St; O. N. O. Watts, W. M., and S. J. Donelson. 

By the September number we hope that there will be more 
additions to our present number, as we have our eye on several 
and w^ill pledge them as soon as possible. With much love, I 
am in bonds of Alpha Tau Omega, 

Fraternally yours, 

O. N. O. Watts, 



Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., May 20, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It is with pleasure that the brothers of the 
Vermont Beta Zeta submit their first report to the Palm. We 
cordially extend our thanks to the brothers of the several chap- 
ters, whose letters are so expressive of their brotherly interest 
in our welfare. 

Our number at present is quite small, but we are not at all 
discouraged. We are all thoroughly in earnest and bound to 
exert every effort to make our chapter a success. We expect 
to initiate one or two more men this term. There are several 


neutral men in college that are worth vvinninfr, and we are quite 
sure of several of them at the opening of our next college year. 
Although we are anxious to increase our number, yet we do not 
care to take in every one. We want only men of good sound 
principles and good morals ; men that will do credit to our 
society, and with whom we can associate and feel that we are 
gaining something instead of losing by their influence. There 
are four established societies in college besides our own, some 
of which are of quite long standing. We doubt not, with a lit- 
tle time and experience, to place our society on a level with the 
best of them. 

We are rejoiced to be so strongly united with our southern 
brothers by so noble a bond as the temple of friendship affords. 
It is a tie that unites us in a common brotherhood. In my own 
opinion, it is such fraternities as this that will in a great measure 
wipe away all feelings of past troubles between our respective 
sections. May the time soon come, as it is quite certain to, 
when we will cease to be North and South, but a people, one 
and inseparable, of a mighty and powerful nation. 

It is with great pleasure that we look forward to so promising 
a future for the growth and advancement of the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity. Its chapters already are established in col- 
leges of nearly half the States of the Union. Bountiful may 
the blessings be from the ties fanned by the Alpha Tau Omega 
Fraternity. May the "peace that passeth all understanding" be 
in all our hearts. 

With these somewhat disconnected remarks I have endeav- 
ored to express the wishes of our chapter. 

Fraternally yours, 

C. W. Sleeper, 



Washington, D. C, 20th May, 1887. 
Editors Palm : Since my last letter to you, the Association 
has held its meetings regularly on the first Monday of each 
month and the meetings have been well attended and full of in- 


Among the questions which have been discussed, is the ne- 
cessity of some badge less conspicuous than the Maltese Cross 
and more suitable for men whose college days have passed away. 
The cross of our order is as dear to us as ever and hallowed by 
memories that can never fade, but it is not adapted for use 
by men in the professions and in business. And last but not 
least these badges are now in the hands of our wives and sweet- 
hearts. That the necessity for some badge, small enough to be 
worn in the button hole, exists is the unanimous opinion of the 
Association. Many suggestions have been made. Shall it be 
silk, showing the fraternity colors, or shall it be of bronze ? It 
is the wish of the D. C. Association that this question be dis- 
cussed by the fraternity, and it is hoped that the matter has 
been properly brought to their attention. 

At the last meeting the following new officers were elected : 
Fairfax Irwin, W. M.; M. E. Faison, W. C; W. H. Lamar, W. 
K. E.; J. C. Pugh, W. K. A.; E. I. Renick, W. S., and T. M. 
Norton, W. U. 

The headquarters have been changed from the Pacific Build- 
ing to the Kellogg Building, F St , bet. 14th and 15th. 

The following newspaper item was read to the members and 
elicited much discussion. A committee was finally appointed 
and directed to take action thereon in the form of a letter to Mr. 
Marion Davis, of Athens, Ga. The item and the letter are here 
given : 


"Thursday as Marion Davis, of Athens, was walking down the 
street he saw the badge of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity on 
the lapel of Tom Cook's coat. Cook is a burly negro, and 
sported the badge of this prominent and influential fraternity in 
a most conspicuous manner. Mr. Davis is not a member of the 
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, but is a member of the Phi Delta 
Theta Society, equally as prominent and respected in college 
circles. Knowing that any secret society man would take a 
badge of his own order from any negro found wearing it, Mr. 
Davis stopped Cook and demanded the surrender of the badge. 
Cook refused to give it up, whereupon Mr. Davis proceeded to 
take it, and succeeded in getting it from the negro, notwith- 


standing his resistance. The badge was lost by a Mercer Uni- 
versity student named F. D. Warren, and the negro claims to 
have found it. Warren's name was engraved on the badge. 
The Alpha Tau Omega badge is in the shape of a Maltese cross, 
and is one of the handsomest of college badges. The Frater- 
nity was established 15 or 20 years ago by the Rev. Otis Glaze- 
brook, now of Elizabeth, N. J. In Virginia the Fraternity is 
especially strong, and it is yearly gaining strength in Georgia." 
— Savannah News, April /j.. 

Washington, D. C, May 12, 1887. 
Marion Davis, Esq., Athens, Ga. 

Sir : At the last monthly meeting of the District of Colum- 
bia Alumni Association of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity the 
attention of that body was called to an item in a Washington 
paper, copied from the Savannah, Ga., News of April 4, 1887, 
which recited that while walking upon the streets of Savannah 
you espied an Alpha Tau Omega badge, the property of a stu- 
dent at Mercer University, worn in a conspicuous manner upon 
the coat lapel of Tom Cook, *'a burly negro," that actuated by 
the principle of the Golden Rule, you demanded the badge of 
Cook, who refused to surrender it, whereupon you proceeded to 
take it by force and finally obtained possession of it notwith- 
standing the resistance encountered. 

It is deemed appropriate that a vote of thanks, for this most 
considerate and praiseworthy deed, should be extended to you 
by this Alumni Association, as a representative branch of the 
fraternity the members of which are under the greatest obliga- 
tion to you for your courtesy. In pursuance, therefore, of a 
resolution to that effect, we, as a committee appointed for this 
purpose, beg leave to thank you on behalf of the members of 
our association for thus rescuing the honored badge of our order 
from desecrating hands, and to assure you of the great admira- 
tion felt by every member of this society for the courage dis- 
played in your efforts in their behalf. 

We are, very respectfully. 

Your obedient servants, 

E. I. Renick, 
E. M. Gadsden, 



Bro. T. D. Griffin, Lieutenant U. S. N. (Va. Epsilon), was 
present at this meeting. 

Hoping that this letter will reach you in due time for publi- 
cation in the next issue of the Palm, I am, 

FraternalUy yours, 

Fairfax Irwin, 


[From a Florida Paper. 


Tallahassee, Fla., May 22, 1887. 


The annual meeting of the Florida Alumni Association of the 
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, was in this city on last Friday, 
the 2 2d inst. There were fourteen members in attendance, and 
all seemed thoroughly imbued with the true fraternity spirit. 

The Association was presided over by Mr. T. M. Scott, State 
Alumni Worthy Master for the past year. 

Reports from the several committees were submitted, and 
showed the work of the order in Florida to be in an encourag- 
ing condition. 

An interesting feature of the meeting was the report by Prof. 
Felkel, of the Biennial Congress held in Atlanta last December. 

There was some apprehension felt by the members of the As- 
sociation in Tallahassee, that the place of meeting would be 
changed to some other point in the State, inasmuch as the home 
of the Alpha Omega Chapter had been removed. We feel con- 
fident in asserting, however, that as long as there are so many 
unmarried Alumni in the State, and so many fascinating young 
ladies in Tallahasse, there is no danger of such a contingency. 

As an entertainment to the visiting brothers, a hop was given 
at the Leon, which proved one of the social events of the season. 

These annual meetings of this Association may now be looked 
upon as one of the fixed institutions of the State. The Alpha 
Taus of Florida are as high-toned and energetic a set of fellows 
as can be found anywhere, and the people of the capital city 
have a due appreciation of their worth. 


The officers of the Association elected for the ensuing year, 
are as follows : Worthy Master, Geo. L. Drew ; Worthy Chap- 
lain, W. M. Mcintosh, Jr.; Worthy Keeper Ex., H. E. Graham ; 
Worthy Keeper Annals, T. M. Scott; Worthy Scribe, H. N. 
Felkel. The following constituted the Executive Committee : 
I. L. B. Stevens, Chas. Monroe, John A. Graham. 


"All night have the roses heard 

The flute, violin, and bassoon ; 
All night has the casement Jessamine stirr'd 

To the dancers dancing in tune." 

The third annual ball, given by the members of the State 
Alumni Association, of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity of the 
State of Florida, at the Leon Hotel, in this city, last Friday 
evening, was undoubtedly the society event of the season. The 
customary adjectives used to describe a gathering of the beauty, 
grace and fashion, such as this proved itself to be, have been 
worn threadbare and a description which will convey to the 
mind the brilliant scene which the ground floor of the Leon 
presented at the opening of the ball is impossible. In the words 
of an esteemed contemporary : 

"It was an elegant affair. Some of the costumes were regal ; 
all were tasty, and diamonds twinkled like stars beneath the 
lights of the chandeliers. But far above these more entrancing 
and subtle was the loveliness of Tallahassee's ladies. Others 
have told of their beauty before, but they did not tell the half. 
Can one describe the fragrance of the jasmine ? No more can 
he portray in feeble words the charm of female loveliness." 

But not alone did Tallahassee's ladies shine ; the fairest ladies 
of the State were present and the galaxy of light and color pre- 
sented was one which would have warmed the heart and glad- 
dened the eye of even the most callous and blaise of the cynics. 
There were no cynics among the gentlemen who, in the conven- 
tional costume prescribed in the iron-bound laws of Dame Fash- 
ion, mingled among the rainbow tints like blackbirds. Soft 
strains of music, from the ball room, mingled with sweet laugh- 



ter, gay voices and the perfume of many flowers perfected the 
pleasures of the eye. 

The interior decoration of the parlors and dancing room was 
done by or under the supervision of Misses Gypsey and Bessie 
Wilson, Alice and Jennie Brevard, Virginia Williams and Fannie 
Gibbons, assisted by other lady friends of the fraternity, and 
were exquisite in their taste and design. The perception of 
what was most appropriate could not have been excelled, and 
some of the flower pieces would have done credit to a palace — 
notably the monogram over the door of the main parlor. Space 
will not permit a detailed account of this work. Dancing be- 
gan promptly at nine, and the entire programme of eighteen 
dances was completed. From eleven to one an elegant collation 
was served, such as only the cuisine of the Leon could have 
produced. Among the many handsome ladies in attendance 
were : 

Mrs. J. J. Williams, of Jacksonville ; Mrs. R. H. Gamble, 
Mrs. J. VVinthrop, Mrs. C. B. Gwynn, Mrs. J. B. Gamble, Mrs. 
J. B. Wall, of Tampa, Miss Kelley, of Fernandina, Miss Mamie 
Bledsoe, of Virginia, Miss Belle Robinson, of Jacksonville, Miss 
Burkhardt, of Quincy, Miss Simkins, of Monticello, Miss Den- 
ham, of Monticello, Miss Maggie Williams, Miss Laura Barnes, 
Miss Lizzie Gotten, Miss Jennie Brevard, Miss Lettie Gamble, 
Miss Gamble, Miss Sallie Barnes, Miss Lisa Williams, Miss 
Maxwell, Miss Fannie Papy, Miss Sadie Williams, Miss Alice 
Brevard, Miss Bessie Wilson, Miss Fannie Gibbons, Miss M. 
Kelly, Miss Maggie Pearce, Miss Jameson, Miss Gipsey Wilson, 
Miss Kate Gamble, Miss Lula Nash, Miss Phillips. 

Beside the gallant coterie of Tallehassee gentlemen in attend- 
ance, the following were among the guests : General J. B. Wall, 
of Tampa; Judge E. M. Graham, of Manatee; Hon. S. R. Mal- 
lory and General J. E. Yonge, of Pensacola ; Senator Stockton, 
of Quincy ; Mr. and Mrs. Macfarlane, and Colonel S. B. Spark- 
man, of Tampa; Senator McKinne, of Marianna ; Messrs, J. A. 
Graham, W. D. Barnes, Jr., Geo. L. Drew, J. S. Shuff, H. E. 
Graham, H. E. Clarke, James D. Burbridge, L L. Harris, T. E. 
Harriss, Will Mundee, J. J. Williams, L L. B. Stevens, S. C. 
Grahem, T. T. Stockton, of Jacksonville, and G. Burkhardt and 


T. M. Scott, of Quincy. One hundred and fifty to two hundred 
guests were in attendance. The gentlemen of the fraternity are 
much to be congratulated upon the brilliant success of this en- 
tertainment, and the committee of arrangements, composed of 
Messrs. John A. Graham, Enie Bryan, T. M. Scott, S. B. Thomp- 
son and Howard Gamble, should receive their due made for the 
energy and capability of their preparations. The committee of 
invitation, composed of Messrs. Louis D. Blocker, J. L. B. Ste- 
vens, and Harry E. Graham, and that of reception, of Messrs. 
A. B. Clewis, W. D. Barnes, Jr., and John H. Carter, while the 
onerous duties of floor committee devolved upon, and were ably 
discharged by Messrs. George L. Drew, W. D. Barnes, Jr., and 
John A. Graham. 

A word of commendation must be given Mr. Oglesby for the 
perfect character of the hotel conveniences. The Leon never 
showed to better advantage, and when we say that the attend- 
ance and service was such as should have been at an affair of 
this character, we have said a great deal. The music was fur- 
nished by Miglionico Brothers, the most artistic band in the 
State, and was universally commended. 


Hall of Ala. Beta Delta Chapter, 

Univ. of Ala., May /th, 1887. 
At a meeting of the Ala. Beta Delta Chapter of the Alpha 
Tau Omega Fraternity, the following preamble and resolutions 
were adopted, on the death of Brother Rob't Linn Matthews, 
who met an untimely end while bathing in the Warrior River, 
on May 3rd, 1887: 

Whereas^ By the death of Brother Matthews, we have lost a brother 
of the most sterling qualities, both of mind and heart, one whose social 
intercourse has been most genial and brotherly ; 


Resolved, That we deeply deplore his loss, and that in it Beta Delta 
Chapter loses one of her noblest and truest sons, and the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity one whose place can not be filled, and, further, that 
we tender our most sincere sympathy to his bereaved relatives. 

Resolved^ That the members of this chapter wear the usual sign of 
mourning for thirty days. 

Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon the minutes of our 
Chapter, and also be published in the Tuscaloosa Gazette and The Palm, 
and a copy be sent to the family of the deceased. 

Jno. M. Francis, 
Jno. F. Renfroe, 
Henry L. Pugh, 




Hall of Virginia Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, 

Roanoke College. 
Whereas, With deep sorrow and regret we mourn the untimely death 
of our esteemed brother, James W. Wilkinson, of Mercer University, 
Macon, Georgia, and 

Whereas, He was formerly a true member of Virginia Epsilon Chap- 
ter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, therefore be it 

Resolved, 1. That in his death we have lost a dear and worthy brother, 
and our Fraternity one of its best and noblest members. 

Resolved, 11. That as a recognition of our bereavement, and as a 
tribute to his memory, the members of this Chapter wear mourning for 
the prescribed time. And, further, that we tender our most sincere 
sympathy to his bereaved parents. 

Resolved, III. That these resolutions be entered upon our minutes, 
and also published in the Collegiatt and the Palm, the official organ of 
the Fraternity, and a copy thereof be sent to the family of the deceased. 

E. A. Smith, 
A. S. Heilig, 
R. W. Kime, 
W. E. Lea, 



jki.vmmi Pbi^somails. 

— Bro. W. W. Parson, Esq. (Ala. Alpha Epsilon), has moved 
from Tuskegee to 1 5 Wilkinson St., Montgomery, Ala., where 
he has hung out his shingle as a lawyer. We wish him success 
in his new field. 

— Bro. P. L. Corker (Va. Alpha, 'yS), is accumulating a large 
fortune in Waynesboro, Ga. He is in the mercantile business. 

— Bro. R. B. Brooks (Ga. Alpha Theta, '84), is a Professor in 
Gordon Institute, Barnesville, Ga. 

—Bro. E. P. McRoan (Ga. Alpha Theta, '85), is teaching 
school with marked success at Wadley, Ga. 

— Bro. J. P. Depass (Ga. Alpha Theta), is preaching at Bron- 
son, Fla. He has founded a medal in Emory College known as 
the ''Depass Medal." 

— Bro. J. H. McGehee (Ga. Alpha Theta, '85), is the popular 
and successful teacher of the Guyton, Ga., public school. 

— Bro. J. O. Tigner (Ga. Alpha Theta, '83), is merchandising 
at Greenville, Ga. 

— Bro. Hon. Peter Smith (Va. Beta, '72), is one of the most 
prominent lawyers in Ga. He is practicing at Newman, Ga. 

— Bro. John Longstreet (Va. Alpha, '74)> resides at Gainsville, 

— Bro. C. H. Holland (Ga. Alpha Theta, '85), is in business 
in Cleburne, Texas. 

— Bro. E. N. Evans (Ga. Alpha Theta, '84), is preaching at 
Decatur, Texas. 

— Bro. F. O. Robertson (Ga. Alpha Theta), is located at 
Learcy, Ark. 

— Bro. L. D. Gerhardt (Pa. Alpha Upsilon, '85), lost his 
mother recently. Her death occurred rather unexpectedly. 
He has the sincere sympathy of all his friends and brothers. 


— Bro. J. W. Clugston (Pa. Alpha Upsilon, '88), is studying 
Pharmacy in the Baltimore Medical School. His address is 
Park Ave. and Madison street. 

— Bro. G. L. Sneed (Tenn. Alpha Tau, '85), is one of the ed- 
itors of the Kosciusko Star, of Miss. 

— Bro. J. K. Ottley (Tenn. Alpha Tau, '86), is assistant post- 
master at Columbia, Miss. 

— Bro. Lee Richards(5n, Jr. (Tenn. Alpha Tau, '85), of Vicks- 
burg. Miss., has been appointed by the Governor to the State 
Militia with the rank of "Major." He is engaged in the hard- 
ware business. 

— Bro. W. C. Fitts (Tenn. Alpha Tau, '85), is practicing law 
at Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

— Bro. B. F. Taylor (Ohio Alpha Psi, '86), is .stenographer 
and type writer for the Union Security Company, at Emporia, 

— Bro. Newton W. Tobias (Ohio Alpha Psi, '86), is at present 
attending the Normal University at Ada, Ohio, preparing him- 
self for a teacher. 

—Bro. Rev. W. H. Jordy (Pa. Alpha Upsilon, '83), has ac- 
cepted a unanimous call to Trinity Lutheran church, Wrights- 
ville, Pa. We wish him success in his new field. 

— Bro. John S. Schofield, Jr. (Ga. Alpha Theta), is in partner- 
ship with his father in the Schofield Iron Works, Macon, Ga. 
He is "well pleased with the Palm" and I think wants a Song 

—Bro. Robert Linn Matthews (Ala. Beta Beta, '86), was 
drowned on May 3rd, 1887, while bathing in the Warrior river. 

—Bro. Geo. B. McElroy, D. D., Ph. D., is Prof, of Mathemat- 
ics of Adrian College, Adrian, Mich., and Dean of the Theo- 
logical School located at the college. 

— Bro. W. E. Cabell (Ky. Zeta, '86), was one of the guests at 
Ky. Zeta's Banquet recently. 

— Bro. J. C. Hardin (Ky. Zeta, '86), is practicing law at Frank- 
fort, Ky. He is meeting with good success and has a bright 
future before him. 

— Bro. J. H. Thormon, 'S6y is the efficient book keeper in the 
largest establishment in Springfield, Ky. 


— Bros. S. J. Johnson, '86, and W. E. Blanton, '87, are both 
in business at Little Rock, Ark. 

— Bro. T. J. Smith, Jr. (Ky. Zeta, '87), is book keeper in the 
large dry goods house of his brother in Richmond, Ky. 

— Bro. (Rev.) John F. Finlay (Tenn. Omega, '86), is stationed 
at Edgefield Court House, South Carolina. We hope he may 
have abundant success in his calling and less persecutions than 
we have experienced in the first year of our ministry. 

The **dues" have not been as abundant as we could wish them, 
but we hope that the list will lengthen as time rolls on. We 
thank you kindly, brethren, for what you have sent us. The 
following have remitted since our last issue : 

J. S. N. Davis, Jr., Jan. i, '88. Howard Neeley (Ky. Mu), Jan. i, 

Geo. H. Lamar (Ala. Alpha Epsilon '88. 

chapter), Jan. i, '88. W. W. Pearson, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

George L. Drew, Jan. i, '88. W. Buxton, Jr. (part of Iowa Beta 

W. D. Barnes, Jr., Jan. i, '88. Alpha), Jan. i, '88. 

I. L. B. Stevens, Jan. i, '88. L. D. Gerhardt, Jan. i, '88. 

Tom M. Scott, Jan. i, '88. J. C. Jones, Jan. i, '88. 

W. M. Hamer (S. C. Alpha Phi), Lee Richardson (Tenn. Alpha 

Jan. I, '88. Tau), Jan. i, '87. 

F. E. Porter (Ala. Beta Beta), Jan. F. G. Corker (Ga. Alpha Theta), 

I, '88. Jan. i, '88. 
Rev. John F. Finlay, Jan. i, '88. 


jTlIB VoiOB ©F TUB pr^HEK y ^BSSs 


[From The Shield^. 

O ye, whose hands have felt the clasp and thrill, 
Which speaks from friend to friend the glad good-will, 
O ye, whose hearts did incense sweet inspire 
From our great altar's ever sacred fire. 
Vain hopes, ambitions, and the keen regret. 
Bury to-night — for one short hour forget ! 
Away with care — fit clothing of old men, — 
Youth is the morn ; let us be boys again. 

Youth is the morn ; the eastern tint of blue. 
Before its hope warms to the roseate hue. 
And earth, erstwhile intolerable and gray, 
Revives and brightens ; and the harp of day, 
Struck by the sturdy tiller of the fields. 
Or sooted smith, harmonious discord yields. 
While, roused from couch of rest, awakened life 
Feels through its veins the crimson streams run rife. 

Youth is the morn ; the world to-day is young : 
And as the morn, with careless eye and tongue, 
Shorn of our fears and boldened by the light, 
We love to turn to memories of the night. 
And spy and speak the broken fancies wrought 
In sleep, — unreal real phantasms of thought, — 
So we, within the dawning which divides 
The night from day, assured no ill betides. 
Form from the menaces of ages gone 
Strange silhouettes of story all our own ; 
And say, with laughing eye and chattering tongue. 
Youth is the morn ; the world to-day is young ! 

O ye, whose hands have felt the clasp and thrill, 
Which speaks from frend to friend the glad good-will, 

ye, whose hearts did incense sweet inspire 
From our great altar's ever sacred fire, 

1 dare not speak to you the warmer part 


Of all that lies to-night within my heart ! 
Can ye not read the thoughts I dare not rhyme 
In this strange story of the olden time? 

Deep 'mid the hills and crags of Scotland's isle, 

Earth torn, upheaved, and rifted pile on pile, 

From steep to steep, with labored step and bold, 

At close of day there toiled a knight of old ; 

A storm is on the mountains ; the black cloud 

Breaks on their summits, and, with rumblings loud. 

Swells into torrents, which, adown the steep, 

Roar back their answer to the upward deep. 

O'erpowered at last by darkness and the shock 

Of storm, beneath a frowning ledge of rock. 

The knight sought shelter from the storm, and found 

What proved to be a chamber underground. 

He entered; lightning smote the stone o'erhead. 

The cave was sealed — sealed as upon the dead ! 

Fruitless his blows upon the fateful stone ! 

Fruitless his cries ; entombed, he stood alone ! 

He ceased, and loud and louder than before 

He heard the storm and sweeping torrents roar 

Through the thick walls ; while, peering round him then, 

Accustomed to the darkness, scanned the den. 

Oh ! fate of him who in the court or field 
Broke lance against the boldest, brightest shield 
That house of Douglass or Snawdown e'er gave. 
Den of wild beasts was that dark prison cave ! 
The narrow walls at sides and overhead 
Were wet with dripping ooze, which, with the tread 
Of savage beast, or glide of serpent's flight. 
Stirred the soft earth into a noisome sight. 
At one side, 'neath the black and caving wall. 
With aspect which might braver knight appall. 
Crouched low, expectant of the sudden raid, 
A lion, fierce as from Afric's jungled glade ; 
And on the wall an owl, with lurid eyes 
And voice startling and horrid, blinked surprise ; 
In farthest nook, alone in selfish brood, 
A stork, with plumage soiled and ruffled, stood ; 
And near the center, ready for the spoil, 
A brood of serpents, in one monster coil. 
Lift high their crests, and writhe, and intertwine. 
And mock the air with hisses ! 


The knight was brave, but when he turned his face 

Upon the uncanny dwellers of the place, 

And breathed the noxious vapors of the room, 

He doubted not he stood within his tomb. 

He strained against the unyielding stone again. 

He strove with superhuman strength, but all in vain ; 

The lion crouched, expectant of his prey, 

The serpents lashed the mire into a spray. 

The owl, grown bolder, ventured fluttering near, 

And peered into his face with frightful leer. 

Sudden, across his mind there flashed the thought 

Of some old charm thro' distant ages brought ! 

His sword from out its sheath he quickly drew, 

He leaped far out amidst the reptile crew. 

He smote him thrice upon the lips and cheek. 
And on the wall, with steady hand and true. 

He carved three mystic letters of the Greek I 

Potent the deed ; a clangor as of steel 
Rang out against the cavern's fatal seal : 
The stone gave way ; a flood of light fell thro'. 
And, standing in the doorway, brought to view 
The form of one who, from her virgin snood 
And mien, betrayed the child of gentle blood. 
Her face was radiant and wondrous fair. 
The careless tresses of her wanton hair, 
Entangled with the sunbeams, till not you 
Could tell which was the brighter of the two? 
She stood with arm outstretched, and in her hand. 
Above the knight, she waved a golden wand : 
Fled like a dream the beast and bird away. 
Vanished like mist the vapors dank and gray, 
Vanished the cave, and all it held of dread. 
Vanished, — and sky and sunlight overhead f 
Upon his steed within a valley fair. 

The warrior sat at breaking of the day ; 
And heard afar, borne on the mountain air. 

The shepherd pipe the Scottish highland lay. 

This is the meaning of the tale I tell. 

These are the words I would ye treasured well : 

Humanity is that bold knight of old ; 

The secret cave, the errors manifold. 

Enslaving mind, and heart, and soul in sin ; 

Its tenants dread, the dangers from within, 


The man himself ; the lion cruelty presents ; 
The stork, the selfishness of our intents ; 
And superstition, ignorance, the owl ; 
The serpent, treachery and crime most foul; 
And she who rolls the stone and sets us free, 
Is whom we worship here — Fraternity ! 

O ye, whose hands have felt the clasp and thrill. 

Which speaks from friend to friend the glad good-will, 

O ye, whose hearts did incense sweet inspire 

From our great altar's ever sacred fire, 

Cheer for that banner never to be furled. 

Fraternity, redeemer of the world ! 

Long may that badge and banner cheer 

You, O my friends and brothers gathered here ! 

Long may our hands in friendship's clasp be held, 

Long may our hearts in purpose one be weld ! 

We are but few — good deeds will multiply ; 
We are but young — age cometh by and by ; 
And youth is morn; the world itself is young ; 
And so, with laughing eye and chattering tongue, 
We smite ourselves upon the lips and cheek. 
Write high three mystic letters of the Greek, 
And wait, as for the far-off laden ships, 
Our Great Fraternity's apocalypse ! 
April 2, 1887. 



Perhaps the idea of a minor fraternity, modeled upon the 
same plan as the college fraternities, but having its chapters in 
preparatory schools, will appear chimerical to many college men. 
To a majority, probably, such an idea will, at least, be novel. It 
may be thought that the conception, organization, development 
and management of such an order is beyond the ability of pre- 
paratory students. It may be questioned whether the life and 
government in our academies is congenial to such a growth. 
Few, we imagine, would be disposed to doubt the beneficial re- 
sults of an academic fraternity system, if they deem it practicable. 
All of the advantages incident to the fraternity system in col- 
leges would be manifested in a more limited degree in an aca- 


demic system of the same general type. College fraternity men 
would be especially favorable to such an academic system, be- 
cause the academic fraternities would furnish admirable material 
for college Greeks who would be favorably prepared for the 
higher life. They would furnish, too, a good connecting link 
which would often prevent or modify the bitter rivalries of col- 
lege fraternity men. But it is not our intention to discuss ab- 
stractly the objections which might be offered to an academic 
fraternity or the benefits which such an organization might fur- 
nish. The whole matter hinges on the question of practica- 
bility. This can be best demonstrated by concrete illustration ; 
and in no other way can objections be so well answered or ad- 
vantages so well proved. The simple fact is that the fraternity 
system has been introduced into preparatory schools, has been 
well tested by experience, and has been eminently successful. 
This is the general statement of the case. If it be true, there 
can be little doubt that the academic fraternity has come to stay, 
and that it should receive recognition and encouragement from 
college fraternity men. The growth and development of the 
system will be of no little advantage to the college orders. In- 
deed, we are inclined to think that it will form, perhaps uncon- 
sciously, an epoch in their history. We desire to show that, 
in one instance at least, an academic fraternity has been suc- 
cessfully established, and is at present in excellent working order. 
Though by no means the only organization of its kind, the 
Alpha Phi Fraternity is, so far as we have been able to ascer- 
tain, the pioneer; and it is probable the best example of the 
character and possibilities of an academic system. As such, a 
sketch of its history and present condition may prove to be of 

The Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi is located in Colgate 
Academy, at Hamilton, N. Y., the seat of Madison University. 
It was founded as the Alpha Phi Society in 1870. For several 
years it had a stormy history; but in 1876 it was so flourishing 
that its members conceived the idea of making it the basis of a 
fraternity modeled after the college orders. This movement 
was inaugurated by the institution, in the same year, as the 
Beta Chapter, in the Clinton Grammar School, at Clinton, N. Y., 


the seat of Hamilton Colle^^e. These two chapters, located 
within twenty miles of each other, and both in college towns, 
were well calculated to form the foundation for the new fra- 
ternity. In the following year was established the Gamma 
Chapter, in the Delaware Literary Institute, at FranWin, Dela- 
ware Co., N. Y. About this time an unsuccessful attempt was 
made to establish a chapter at Cook Academy, Havana, N. Y. 
The chapter was, in fact, started, under the name of Gamma 
Chi Chapter; but, on account of unfavorable circumstances in 
the school, and its distance from other chapters, it died almost 
immediately. This experience taught the fraternity a salutary 
lesson, which has been one of the secrets of its successful growth ; 
namely, that it must be content at first to extend gradually from 
its center, and that it must not establish distant chapters until 
it had placed a stepping-stone between. 

The fraternity held conventions from the first, and the minutes 
of its second, third and fourth conventions were printed. The 
fourth convention, held at Hamilton, N. Y., in 1879, was re- 
markably successful for a fraternity of three chapters. Its orator 
was one of the founders of the society from which the parent 
chapter was formed. The next chapter was not established 
until t88o. This was the Delta Chapter, in Whitestown Semi- 
nary, at Whitestown, N. Y. During these years the fraternity 
had been giving itself • chiefly to the perfecting of its organiza- 
tion and system of laws. The work of the convention of 1882, 
held at Hamilton, N. Y., brought those into a condition from 
which the changes, with one exception, the creation of an ex- 
ecutive council, have been comparatively few and uneventful. 
The fraternity was incorporated under the laws of the State of 
New York during this year. A new ritual was also adopted, 
which, with some changes, is in use at the present time. 

In the fall of 1884, two events of special interest occurred. 
The first of these was the establishment of the Epsilon Chapter, 
at the Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary, Gouverneur, St. Law-' 
rence Co., N. Y. The second was the publication of a small 
pocket song-book, containing some sixteen fraternity songs. 
At the convention of 1885, there were present two representa- 
tives of the Philomathean Fraternity, a loosely organized fra- 


ternity of some two or three chapters in New Jersey. They 
came to consult with representatives from Alpha Phi as to the 
possibility of a union between the two organizations. As these 
representatives were accredited from only one chapter, nothing 
could be done about the other chapters of their fraternity. The 
body which they represented was, however, established as the 
Zeta Chapter, in Centenary Collegiate Institute, at Hacketts- 
town, N. J. At this convention, and largely as a result of the 
conference just mentioned, some changes were made in the gov- 
ernment of the fraternity. The chief of these was the establish- 
ment of an ** Executive Council," consisting of three alumni 
members who are members of different college fraternities, hav- 
ing its headquarters at Hamilton, N. Y. This council, among 
other duties, installs new chapters, and sends once each term to 
all the chapters a printed circular letter reporting the condition 
of each and every chapter and of the fraternity at large. The 
council almost immediately published the ritual and pamphlet 
containing the constitution and by-laws. The effectiveness of 
the new methods of government was seen very shortly in the 
increased prosperity of the fraternity, and in the establishment, 
early in 1886, of the Eta Chapter, in Wyoming Seminary, at 
Kingston, Pa. It is also quite certain that at least one more 
chapter will be established before the end of the present aca- 
demic year. The eleventh annual convention was held in 
August last, with the Epsilon Chapter, Gouverneur, N. Y. The 
next convention, the twelfth, will be held with the Zeta Chapter, 
Hackettstown, N. J. 

It will thus be seen that, in a career of a little more than ten 
years, this academic fraternity has established itself upon a firm 
basis, has evolved a system of government which will compare 
very favorably with that of many college fraternities, and has at 
present seven chapters in three States. These chapters have 
had varied histories. The career of Alpha has been one of al- 
most uniform success. Beta has had some vicissitudes. The 
Clinton Grammar School degenerated, and the chapter was in 
consequence transferred to Kirkland Hall, another school in the 
same town, and is now in good condition. Gamma has had 
many ups and downs, dependent chiefly on the condition of the 


school. Whitestown Seminary, the home of Delta, has been 
twice closed since 1880, but the property has recently been 
purchased by the trustees of Hamilton College, which action 
doubtless assures its future success. Epsilon, Zeta and Eta have 
thus far been uniformly prosperous, and are all excellent chap- 

The business of the fraternity is conducted in a systematic 
and able manner. Its laws are both concise and comprehensive. 
Its chapter charters are simple in form yet handsome in appear- 
ance. A motto for the fraternity is Apijovia uai 0i.Aia. Its 
colors are ruby, gold and blue. Its badge is a beautiful com- 
bination of the Greek letters of its name, the Phi being of gold 
and the Alpha of gold enameled with blue, the Alpha resting 
upon the Phi, and a ruby set in the Phi between the basis of the 
Alpha. The words Ap/joria and 0iAia are engaged on the 
opposite sides of the Phi. The fraternity is a secret order, 
though not to the same degree as most of the college fraterni- 
ties. Its officers form a board of directors, who are the legal 
representatives of the fraternity. Its financial system is good, 
and it has always been in excellent financial condition. Private 
correspondence is largely carried on among the chapters. In 
short, the fraternity is in every respect a worthy offspring of the 
college fraternity system. It has passed the experimental stage, 
and is now exerting itself for a judicious extension of its own 
limits, and the dissemination of the fraternity spirit in prepara- 
tory schools. , 

The example such a fraternity ought to demonstrate the truth 
of the statements with which we began. It can no longer be 
doubted that an academic fraternity is practicable, or that, when 
once firmly and generally established, the fraternity system in 
academies would be in the highest degree beneficial both to 
preparatory schools and the college fraternities. It will be the 
part of wisdom to recognize and encourage this growth ; and we 
have ventured such a discussion here because we believed that 
Betas will be interested in knowing more about this compara- 
tively new factor in fraternity life. 

It is to be regretted that data are so unobtainable on this sub- 
ject. The writer has a more or less indefinite knowledge of sev- 


eral academic fraternities ; but there is at present no medium 
through which reHable information can be obtained. It is hoped 
that this fact will give the information here offered a wider inter- 
est. It would be of great interest to us, at least, to receive more 
detailed information concerning similar organizations. If the 
present article shall help in any degree to increase the interest 
of college men in academic fraternities, to gain for the system a 
fuller recognition and encouragement, or to increase the mutual 
knowledge of these younger Greeks, our object in writing it will 
have been attained. wm. h. crawshaw. 


[From the Sigfua Nu Delta\. 

Since the foundation of VV. and L. as a high school, her names 
have been equally as varied as Joseph's coat. 

This seat of learning vvas first known as "The Augusta Acad- 
emy," and continued to be so called, from the time of its first 
establishment by the early settlers of the Valley of Virginia in 
1749, till 1782. A charter was then granted this classical 
school ; the name being changed to Liberty Hall Academy, 
whose grounds and buildings were situated just beyond the in- 
corporated town of Lexington, Va. In acknowledgment of 
the high appreciation of a handsome donation, received by the 
trustees in behalf of the school, from the hands of General 
Washington, the academy was clothed with that of this gener- 
ous benefactor's immortal name, and was styled, first Washing- 
ton Academy, and then in 181 3 Washington College. It has 
had since the above date almost an uneventful career, in being 
the recipient of very large endowments. The patrons of the 
college do not hail from any one section of country, but have 
been and are equally in the North and South, in the East and 
in the West. Hence there is to be found no sectionalism in her 
halls. All is harmony and peace. 

A period of more than half a century elapsed, from 1813 to 
1 87 1, before the institution assumed a new title. Immediately 
after the civil war, Gen. Robert E. I>ee was elected as President, 


which position he held till his death, on October 12, 1870. 
His remains now rest in the Lee Mausoleum — a handsome two- 
story edifice adjoining the University chapel. In memory of 
our noble chieftain and much beloved President, the college, by 
an act of the Legislature, received its present twin name — 
Washington and Lee University. This enactment was carried 
into effect in 1871, at which time Gen. G. W. Custis Lee suc- 
ceeded his father in the presidential chair. He has been W. and 
L.'s chief head ever since ; and under him the good cause goes 
on prospering and to prosper. 

One of the greatest privileges offered the students there, is 
the establishment of secret societies; a privilege which each 
fraternity holds with high esteem. This has been a rendezvous 
for fraternities almost ever since such organizations were insti- 

In 1855 Washington College, with its wide-spread wings, 
held out open arms, as it were, to welcome the coming guest, 
the Virginia Beta chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The 
charter members were seven ; of that number but two now re- 
main "in the land of the living," to tell the tale of her birth. 
None of these men belonged to the fraternity before becoming 
students, but were initiated by Virginia Alpha, authorized to 
establish Virginia Beta. The chapter was suspended during our 
fratricidal war ; but when the college resumed its academic du- 
ties Virginia Beta had men to represent her. For three years 
or more she struggled for mere existence. By perseverance and 
dint of courage, however, she began to see her way clear, and 
from year to year grew stronger, until now she is to be found in 
a very prosperous state. Among the distinguished alumni may 
be mentioned Dr. Geo. J. Preston, of Baltimore, Md., Physi- 
cian and Professor of Practice of Medicine in the Baltimore Poly- 
clinic and Post-Graduate Medical School. He is regarded as 
one of the most promising young physicians in the city. 

Phi Kappa Psi reigned supreme only a few months, for in 
May, 1856, Rho chapter, of Beta Theta Pi, found her way here, 
and was organized by a member of Omicron chapter at the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, who was at that time an assistant professor 
at Washington College. Their labors during this session were 



conducive of much good. There were four members to start 
with, and thirteen at the close of the first term. These did 
credit to themselves and their fraternity in their respective col- 
lege duties. The hand of war fell, indeed, heavily on this fra- 
ternity as well as its rival. On the re-opening of the institution, 
after this bloody strife. Phi Kappa Psi and Beta Theta Pi re- 
mained scarce more than ruinous and desolate relics of better 
days. They resolved to face the impending difficulties, how- 
ever, and do the best they could to restore the societies to their 
former prosperity. Nev^er was there a more complete recovery 
from ruin. 

Beta Theta Pi remained active till 1878, when, from some un- 
known cause, she resigned her charter, much to the regret of all. 

As was self-evident, these two organizations which held un- 
disputed sway before the war, were not destined to continue 
sole possessors of this luxuriant field for fraternity work, and in 
1865 some two or three Greek-letter societies came forward to 
share the spoils. 

Alpha Tau Omega may be mentioned first. The order was 
but one year old when Beta chapter was organized at Washing- 
ton College. Beta chapter's first regular meeting was held in 
February, [866. She had her birth direct through the V. M. 
I. — the mother chapter, which conferred membership on John S. 
VanMeter in November, 1865. She has had no active chapter 
for one or more sessions, and in fact no initiates lately. It Is 
very sad to think that such a good fraternity should be on the 
verge of "falling by the way." 

The next to claim our attention is the Southern Kappa Alpha, 
the true parentage of which order is to be traced to Washington 
College in 1865. They have died out, however, twice since 
their foundation. A lapse of six years took place — from 1876 
to 1883 — during which interval Kappa Alpha had no representa- 
tive, but in the fall of 1883 an old alumnus of Kappa Alpha, 
from Richmond College, Virginia, entered the University and 
reorganized this long-forgotten chapter. From a numerical 
stand-point they are to be classed as one of the foremost, but I 
am not in a position to speak definitely of their quality. Time 
alone will be a just judge of her worth. 


The Zeta chapter of Sigma Chi made .her appearance on De- 
cember 10, 1865, with nine charter members. From her very 
infancy she showed signs of a continuous prosperity. It would 
be doing Sigma Chi an injustice were mention not made of some 
of her men who have won distinction since leaving their Ahna 
Mater. Prof. Chas. A. Graves, M. A., B. L., Professor of Law 
at W. and L., a man of great ability and learning ; James M. 
Banister, A. B., M. D., Surgeon United States Army, Fort 
Adams, Newport, R. I., and Robert Pawing, Chairman Board of 
Public Works and Affairs of the City of Nashville, Tenn. The 
chapter was constructed upon a firm and solid basis, and there 
is little doubt but that she will stand the test of time for many 

Rev. F. B. Webb, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Union 
Springs, Ala., with five associates, organized Sigma Alpha Ep- 
silon at Lexington in November, 1867. He had joined the fra- 
ternity at the University of Mississippi while a student there, 
and entered Washington College in September, 1867, and im- 
mediately took steps to organize his fraternity. The chapter 
was favorably received and recognized by the older societies. 
From the first organization she competed successfully for the 
honors of the institution, for some years, with the other frater- 
nities. Her future prospects are not at present of the most 
flattering. But two of her men are in attendance at the Uni- 
versity now. 

While these societies were contending for mastery, in came 
the Zeta Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, in 1868. Al- 
though having much to overcome, all her forces were put to 
work, and in an incredibly brief space of time she was counted 
in the foremost ranks. The founders were principally from 
Texas and Kentucky. This happened merely from force of cir- 
cumstances, and the initiates who followed hailed from all parts 
of the land. No single order at W. and L. can boast of a more 
intellectual set of men than were those of Phi Gamma Delta. 
Even by their rivals they were acknowledged to be excellent 
men. This band of brothers was always of the select few. 
During Phi Gamma Delta's entire existence, from 1868 to 1878, 
they had but forty-two men enrolled, and a few of these had 


joined elsewhere. "From the cradle to the grave," the chapter 
knew of nothing but unbounded prosperity. They had taken 
in no one for some time, and those attending the University in 
1878 graduated that year, and the chapter was left without men 
the following session. No attempt has beeq made to revive it. 
The following were among her members : Prof. S. T. Moreland, 
A. M., C. E., Professor of Natural Philosophy at W. and L.; 
Hon. James Harvey McLeary, A. B., LL. D., Justice of the Su- 
preme Court of Montana ; Wm. S. Cunell, A. M., Ph. D., for- 
merly Professor of PZnglish, Logic and Political Economy at 
Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia, now Professor of Moral 
Philosophy and English at Davidson College, North Carolina ; 
Rev. Frank W. Lewis, A. B., a very able divine now in charge 
of a Presbyterian church in Opelousas, La. These will suffice 
to give one a clear idea of the worth of Phi Gamma Delta. 

What has been said of Phi Gamma Delta might well apply in 
every particular to Beta chapter of Delta Psi. They have al- 
ways been a strong, steady set of men. She has not been 
known to lag in point of quality and quantity since first intro- 
duced in 1869, and seems to know of no such word as fail. 
Prof. Brown Ayres, Professor of Physics in Tulane University, 
New Orleans, was of this chapter, as was also Thos. Nelson 
Page, who has won a much coveted name as an author. These 
are but a few of those who here garnered the learning that shed 
so glorious a light on themselves, their fraternity and their Alma 
Mater. * 

Delta Kappa Epsilon launched forth her bark upon this sea 
of friendly turmoil and strife in 1869. The name Eta Alpha 
was given to the chapter when founded. Were time and space 
allowed we could write the names of many men of Delta Kappa 
Epsilon who have held high responsible positions in almost ev- 
ery profession. Her course was a short one as she disbanded 
in 1876 or 1877; but if her worth is to be measured by the 
members now in active life, it will show that she must necessar- 
ily have been composed of a most excellent class of men. 

Nothing definite can be learned concerning the exact date 
of Kappa Sigma Kappa. She did not exist, however, before 
1870, since tradition tells us the parent chapter at the V. M. L 


did not have her birth before 1869 or 1870. Just about the 
time Kappa Sigma Kappa was recognized at W. and L. the 
order adopted the present (}reek letters. Prior to this she was 
more famiharly known by the Enghsh letters C. E. C. She is 
now a "thing of the past,'" the entire order, consisting of some 
three chapters, having united with Phi Delta Theta in the fall of 
1886, and thus adding this fraternity to our list for the first time. 

Nu chapter, of Chi Phi, was established in 1872, by a num- 
ber of men who had been initiated into a chapter of Alpha 
Gamma, then in existence at this institution, and becoming dis- 
satisfied sought and obtained a charter from Chi Phi. In the 
fall of that year four men from Cornell University visited Lex- 
ington and established the chapter, christening it Nu. Chi Phi 
had a short life, living about four years and initiating about 
thirty men. The only prominent fraternity event with which 
she was connected, was the union of the Northern and South- 
ern orders of Chi Phi, which was perfected at a convention held 
at Washington, D. C, in 1873, chiefly through Nu chapter, 
owing to the geographical position she occupied. The charter 
was surrendered in 1876. The causes which led to this dissolu- 
tion were the graduation of a large number of her men and the 
extravagance which characterized fraternity life at the Univer- 
sity during the period of 1872 to 1875. With the exception of 
session 1879, no attempt has been made to re-establish Chi Phi. 
E. C. Day, attorney -at-law in Cincinnati, Ohio, who graduated 
with high distinction in law in '83, was the last of her men to 
leave the University. 

From 1872 to 1882 no new fraternity was organized, but in 
September 1882, Sigma Nu, with but a single man to guide her 
footsteps, came forth with undaunted courage to battle against 
the many long established rival sister societies. Lambda had 
been vigorously at work for some three months or more before 
the sought-after charter was granted, and with this recognition 
from the Grand Chapter, all efforts were put forth for her ad- 
vancement. At times it seemed as if her fate was to be swept 
from the face of the earth. She lived at first on her innate in- 
domitable will. Her future prospects were but one mass of 
clouds, with scarcely one ray to light her path. By degrees 


these dense clouds began to disperse, and in their stead ghmpses 
of sunshine were to be seen in the distance. With the ever pre- 
sent motto, "We must abide her fortunes and share her fate," 
before us, the chapter struggled on, and not many days had 
passed before Lambda was well manned and equipped in every 
respect to cope with any of the contestants for ''the survival of 
the fittest." We were nine strong at the close of the session of 
'82 and '83, and with pride do we mention that Sigma Nu 
shared bountifully in the University honors at the Commence- 
ment of that year. The history of the chapter since then is so 
well known to all of you that 1 refrain from again taxing you 
with a repetition of this oft- repeated tale. Well might it be 
said without boasting. Lambda gives promise that though as 
yet in her youth, she will live for years to come and be felt in 
the long career to which she is destined. 

Phi Omicron Psi and Phi Alpha Elpsilon are the last two so- 
cieties to enter the University. But a passing notice need be 
given them, as they have but a local name and habitation. The 
former is now dormant, while the latter is dead. Phi Omicron 
Psi has one other chapter situated at Roanoke College, Virginia, 
under whose auspices this chapter was ushered in in 1884. 
Phi Alpha Epsilon had her birth at W. and L. in 1886. 

Viewing these several fraternities as a unit, there is scarcely 
to be found any group of secret societies at any one seat of learn- 
ing that can rightfully boast of a more brilliant career than has 
been allotted to the category of fraternities herein mentioned. 

It is to be hoped that this article will, at least in a measure, 
meet with the approbation of all who may chance to read it. 
The statistics are not as full as I would like to have had them, 
but further information upon the subject was not within reach. 
I have not relied solely upon my own personal recollections for 
them, but much of the data was gathered from different mem- 
bers — active and otherwise of the respective orders, who kindly 
responded to the call for enlightenment. The general outlines 
of the sketch are in the main correct. If any fraternity or frater- 
nities has been misrepresented, the error is of the head and not 
of the heart, for it was far from the intention to give anything 
except a fair and unbiased criticism of the worth and workings 
of these Greek-letter societies. i. p. robinson, Baito., Md. 

1887.] OUR EXCHANGES. 135 

P^ 1axCHJiMGE.S« 

The Kappa Sigma Quarterly, for April, 1887, comes la- 
den with historical matter. Following ''Random Fraternity 
Thoughts," which by the way are very interesting, comes first 
'•A Review of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, covering two years," 
next ''History of Lambda Chapter," after that "A History of 
Upsilon Chapter." Fraternity journals would be improved as a 
rule if more chapter histories were furnished for publication. 
We like the idea very much, and hope we can publish at least a 
history of one chapter of our own Fraternity each issue of the 
Palm. After the above articles some other matter of no general 
interest follows, which brings us to the fifteen sprightly chapter 
letters. Editorials are good. The number as a whole is an ad- 
vance upon all previous numbers. 

The Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly for April has for a 
"Frontispiece" a large number of designs of chapter banners 
and special coats-of-arms, all the same shape, though different in 
design. The first article is an oration delivered before the 40th 
convention, by W. L. Trenholm, which is excellent, whether con- 
sidered as a literary production or a fraternity article. It has 
the true ring of a true loyal "Deke." Several songs follow of fair 
sentiment and meter. The History of Beta Alpha Chapter be- 
fore the war and its recent revival then occupies 13 pages of 
reading matter which relates a brilliant career of a good chapter 
at the Univ. of N. C. in ante-bellum times. The new chapter 
starts with good material and hopes to capture all the prizes, 
&c., henceforth forever — if it can. 

D. K. E.'s "Annual Dinner," which began at Detroit, Nov. 
3rd, 1886, and ended at Minneapolis April 22nd, 1887, was 
surely a "square meal" of which Delta Kappa Epsilons at De- 
troit, San Francisco, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, 
Cincinnati, Providence and Minneapolis each got a "slice." 


Among many other good editorials, the following one on 
••Lifting" is worth quoting : 

"No one can honorably dicker with a member of any fraternity con- 
cerning his allegiance to that fraternity. No matter how dissatisfied 
with his existing associations such member may be known to be, no 
matter how desirable he may be, otherwise considered, so long as his 
membership continues he is eligible neither for election to, nor for ap- 
proach or consideration by. Delta Kappa Epsilon. There is no half 
way line. There is just one way not to be defiled by pitch — not to 
touch it. 

But when one has found himself in a thoroughly uncongenial chapter, 
where he can neither do such justice to himself nor such good to others 
as to warrant self-sacrifice, and, without negotiation or expectation as to 
other fraternity connection, has honorably withdrawn, he stands as does 
any other non-Greek so far as concerns the fact of eligibility, but not as 
to desirability. So much of dirty work is done in similar connection 
that a chapter with due regard for its repute will avoid even the appear- 
ance of playing with treachery, and, if such a question can even reason- 
ably be raised, will drop the matter. It is to be remembered, too, that 
an honorable and scholarly gentleman is not always a desirable member, 
and that failure on a former trial to find or make a congenial home is 
not a good omen for his success in a second venture, — and may not have 
been wholly due to causes outside of himself. 

Twenty-nine chapter letters, full of "brag" and, a few ''per- 
sonals," bring us to the end. 

The April number of the PJii Gamma Delta Quartedy follows 
the Delta Kappa Epsilon (Jifarlerly in having a "Frontispiece." 
In this number a very beautiful (?) steel plate having as a cen- 
tre a winged lion guarding the entrance to the Mystic Hall, 
which according to the ''lay of the land" must be an under- 
ground affair. The badge is placed above the entrance against 
a rough stone facing, which is partially supported by two pillars 
one of which can see while the other holds the hour-glass. To 
the right of this very mystic entrance is some sort of a structure 
which appears to be in danger of taking a slide down the ''sand 
bank" into Moses' "little pool" below. What it all means is 
none of our business but we think it is not — well it will admit 
of a "revised edition." 

"A fraternity is what we make it" is the first article, which is 
followed by "The Columbia College Centennial," which we think 
is out of place in an official fraternity organ. Columbia College 

1887.] OUR EXCHANGES. 1 3/ 

ought to make an appropriation to the Phi Ciamma Delta Fra- 
ternity, for extensive advertising without compensation. 

••Fraternity JournaHsm" and "The Social and Intellectual 
Sides of Chapter Life" are fair articles, as is also '•Confessions 
of a Greek." ''The Hellenic Press" contains reviews of a num- 
ber of Greek journals and is generally fair. In the chapter let- 
ter department we find the names of every chapter in the Fra- 
ternity, a large percentage of which have the following instead 
of a regular letter : 


pennsylvania college. 
[My Dear Xi : 

This space was reserved for your letter. Kindly write to us for our 
next number and at the same time impress the importance of doing the 
same thing upon your neighboring chapters : Alpha, Washington and 
Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.; Delta, Bucknell University, Lewis- 
burg, Pa.; and Epsilon Deuteron, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa. 
Let Pennsylvania keep her reputation.— Eds.] 

The rest of the number is devoted to matters of no general 
interest except the last few pages which give some Greek news. 

The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta for May and June are be- 
fore us and are both fair numbers. In the May number we have 
an account of ''The Sixth Annual Conference of the Grand Di- 
vision of the North," which was held at Akron, O., March 24 
and 25, 1887. A general good time was had by all present. 
The Delta Tau Delta Resort Association is then commented 
and the reasons for joining it forcefully presented. 

Reports of Alumni Associations show a deep interest and 
much enthusiasm. Twenty chapter letters and a few Greek 
news brings us to the end of the May number. The June num- 
ber contains papers read before the Division Conferences on the 
following subjects: "The Ideal Delta, and How to get Him," 
••An Ideal Meeting," and ''Division Conferences," all of which 
are well written but the first two are more ''Idear' than real. 
•'College Fraternities" is reprinted from the Forum. Chapter 
Letters are omitted, and we miss very much the "Greek News," 
which we cannot remember of ever before having been omitted. 

The Kappa Alpha Journal for April begins with a Poem en- 
titled "The Bud and The Babe," in which we fail to arrive at 



the reason why it appears in the Journal. Editorials are brief, 
and of no general interest. Nine chapter letters bring us to the 

The May -June Number contains the valedictory of the pres- 
ent editor. Editorially, Prof. White's article on ''College Fra- 
ternities " published in this number of The Palm is reviewed. 
Fifteen chapter letters appear in this number. 

From the Chapter Letter of Tulane University Chapter we 
clip the following with regard to our Beta Epsilon chapter : 

"Our alma mater has given birth to a new infant, which has been 
christened Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. But like the 
third edition to a family, little Beta Epsilon has not created as much 
furor as the first born, Psi, or the next oldest, Alpha Theta of Sigma 
Chi. There are six Alpha Tau Omega's, most of them younger men; 
but, tout en-sefnble they diTt pleasant fellows, and we give them welcome." 

"Recent Initiates" and •* Personals" occupy several pages. 
"Poor Faded Rose" a small poem serves well to introduce the 
reader to that unique department, which is peculiar to the Jotir- 
nal called "Orange Blossoms." That means that two Kappa 
Alpha's were recently married. 

The Lithograph of Daniel Webster Langdon, Regent of Sig- 
ma Nu, serves as a Frontispiece to the Sigma Nu Delta for 
May, 1887. U it were a little darker we would take him for a 
"Darkey." The editor says of it: "By the kindness of Theta 
Chapter we are enabled to give you the " Phiz" of "Our Dan" 
in this issue." A sketch of his life is the first article which is 
followed by a brief sketch of the University of Alabama and its 
Fraternities since 1885. Editorials are few, closing with the 
valedictory of its present editorial staff. The eighteen chapter 
letters with which the number closes are remarkable for the sta- 
tistics of rivals and the sketches of the institutions at which the 
chapter is located, as well as the dates of the founding of chap- 
ters, and the names of founders. 

From the Citadel, S. C, chapter letter we learn that Alpha 
Tau Omega has a chapter there. If this is so, it is news to us. 
We had a chapter there once, but the charter was withdrawn 
because of Anti- Fraternity laws, and has never been returned 
to the chapter. 

1887.] OUR EXCHANCIES. 1 39 

TJie Shield of Phi Kappa Psi is the ''biggest" and we 
might add the best Monthly Fraternity Journal now published. 
Both the May and June numbers would make creditable Quar- 
terlies as far as size and subject matter is concerned. The 
former contains 49 and the latter 50 pages. The contents are 
in keeping with the size, and are replete with good sense and 
wise counsel. The chapters are alive though they seem to be 
negligent in their duties and the editor justly bewails the dearth 
of chapter letters. The editor has our sympathy in the ** kicks" 
he receives instead of the honest "dues." We have been 
'' kicked " ourselves by a number of brotherly — well, long eared 
brothers, and we know how encouraging it is, and what ambi- 
tion it inspires in us to make The Palm par excellence. It is a 
good discipline for us if we are compelled to refrain from filling 
our editorial columns with "base hits," playing with such loyal (?) 

We like The Shield very much and think it has improved 
very much within the last three months. We are sorry we can- 
not give it more space in this issue but such is the case. 

The Arroiv of Pi Beta Phi for June is a very neatly-gotten up 
and very interesting number. Ex-President White's article on 
" College Fraternities" gives it a good start and the same merit 
in interest is kept up until you reach the end. We especially 
enjoyed the "extracts" from letters from Miss Lawson, and the 
Poetical tale of Denver University among the chapter letters. 
The Arrow has improved greatly since we first saw it. 

The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma has at last reached us. 
To us it has been a lost Key since we were in search of it for 
nearly two years and had about given up the search when one 
day last week it dropped in on us unexpectedly. A fine steel- 
plate serves as a frontispiece of the June number. "Beauty of 
the Mind" is the first article and is well written. "Gustave " is 
excellent, but it made our blood run cold to think of the tragedy 
it closes with. "Kappas in Professional Life", shows that Kappa 
Kappa Gamma is an intellectual order, of high rank. "Alunnaa 
Post" is a very interesting feature of The Key. The editorials 
are all business like and to the point. A few "exchanges" are 
reviewed and we think fairly dealt with. Thirteen chapter let- 

140 GREEK NEWS. [June 

ters, **some longer some shorter," and a list of "New Books" 
bring us to the end. We are well pleased with The Key and are 
glad to enter it on our exchange list. Alpha Tau Omega meets 
Kappa Kappa Gamma in three institutions: St. Lawrence, 
Adrian and Simpson. 

We have the last number of the Chi Psi Quarterly before us, 
but as it has withdrawn from the Fraternity world we shall not 
use our space in reviewing it. Hope it will continue to prosper 
in the shade. 


— De Pauw has yielded to the knock of Delta Upsilon. 
Eleven men were initiated. 

— The Sigma Chi chapter at Iowa State University has sur- 
rendered its charter. 

— "The First Song Book of Delta Tau Delta" is in the hands 
of the printer. 96 copies have already been ordered. 

— Omega Kappa Phi is the name of a new Legal Fraternity. 
It was organized at the Union College of Law, Chicago, Febru- 
ary 25, 1887. 

— Delta Kappa Epsilon has revived her chapter at the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina. 

— Phi Delta Theta has established chapters at Syracuse Uni- 
versity and at Lehigh recently. 

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon has recently initiated Dr. Pigott, Prof, 
of Chemistry and Geology at the University of the South. 

— Delta Tau Delta has revived her Beta Alpha chapter at the 
Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., with eight charter mem- 

— Out of 140 Grammar School students at the Univ. of the 
South 100 are members of Fraternities. — April Palm. This is a 
serious error as it is against the rules of the University to initi- 
ate students of the Grammar School, and the rule is strictly car- 
ried out. 

1887.] GREEK NEWS. I4I 

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon is reported as being dead at tlie Univ. 
of Texas by an exchange, but we see from chapter letters in 
TJie Record that it has 1 1 members. 

— Kappa Alpha has revivified her chapter at the South Caro- 
lina Military Academy after an inactivity of two years, by initi- 
ating eleven new men at one time. 

— Delta Tau Delta has an active membership of 309, 89 of 
whom were initiated since July 1886. The average age of her 
members is 21. 

— At Wittenberg College the authorities have issued a pro- 
clamation forbidding fraternities to initiate Preps. 

— The bi-annual convention of the Delta Gamma fraternity 
(ladies) was held in Cleveland, March 29, 30 and 31, under the 
auspices of the State chapter of Adelbert College. — TJie Shield. 

— In March the Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York 
City, took a five-years lease of the Hargans mansion, No. 435 
Fifth Avenue. The club was organized about two years ago, 
and heretofore occupied the house No. 36 West Thirty-fourth 
street. It now requires larger quarters. — The Rainbow. 

— Within the last six or eight years. New York City seems 
to have become the center of college societies of all kinds. 
No first-class college in the country is without its alumni asso- 
ciation, and the same may be said of secret societies. No less 
than six general conventions have been held in that city, besides 
chapter dinners and division conferences. The following are 
the more important Greek events that have taken place so far : 
Phi Delta Theta, general convention. Grand Central Hotel, Oct. 
19-22, 1886. Delta Phi, general convention. Club House on 
27th street, Nov. 24-27, 1886; banquet at the Hotel Brunswick. 
Union dinner of Chapters Nu and Beta of Delta Kappa Epsi- 
lon, Nov. 24, at Mazzetti's, and two social receptions later on by 
Chapter Beta at private houses, at which ladies were present. 
Sigma Phi, general convention, Murray Hill Hotel, Jan. 6 and 
7, 1887; banquet at Delmonico's. Sigma Phi, general conven- 
tion at the Hotel Brunswick, January 7 and 8, 1887, at which a 
new chapter was founded at Lehigh University. Theta Delta 
Chi, alumni dinner at Murray Hill Hotel, Jan. 2J . Beta Theta 
Pi, dinner at the Hotel Brunswick, Feb. 18. Delta Tau Delta, 


conference of Eastern Division at Mechanics' Hall, and dinner 
at morrello's, Feb. 22. Psi Upsilon, general convention, Feb. 
24-26, at Masonic Temple, with public exercises and banquet 
at the Metropolitan Opera House. Beta Theta Pi, alumni din- 
ner to ex- Gov. Hoadley, of Ohio, at Delmonico's, March, 29. 
Chi Psi, general convention at Fifth Avenue Hotel, on April 6, 
7 and 8, and banquet at Brunswick's. There have been, also, a 
memorial meeting of the Psi Upsilon alumni, in honor of ex- 
President Chester A. Arthur, and receptions by the Delta Kappa 
Epsilon Club, at their respective club houses. The Delta Psi, 
Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Phi alumni associa- 
tions occupy houses, though only the first two have houses of 
their own. — The Rainbow. 

There is nothing that inspires a fraternity more with zeal and 
enthusiasm than the fact that it is extending its benign influence 
into new fields. Since our last issue two new chapters have 
been established of which we feel proud. The revival of old 
D. C. Upsilon by Bro. J. C. Pugh and the Washington Alumni 
replaces a new link in our chain. We welcome those dear fel- 
lows with open arms, and hope they will always realize that 
while Alpha Tau Omega is not the oldest or largest Fraternity 
in existence, there is no reason why it should not be the best. 
You can do much to make it an unmistakable honor to the 
country as well as to the Fraternity system, by holding up the 
high standard of manhood taught in our ritual and the purity 
signified by our badge. Let Upsilon prove herself noble and 
her life is insured. She has made an admirable beginning and 
may her whole career increase in lustre until it beams forth as 
one of the best chapters in Alpha Tau Omega 

The University of Vermont was founded in [800 and has 
ever since been recognized as one of the leading institutions in 


the East. Fraternities have existed there since 1836. Our 
Beta Zeta chapter was estabhshed there April 29th, 1887, under 
very favorable auspices by Bro. C. G. Ferris, of St. Lawrence. 
Our St. Lawrence brethren, though far in the cold North, still 
have warm hearts and now they can nestle together with Ik-ta 
Zeta and both will be kept from freezing out. We hail this step 
with rejoicing and hope it is only a beginning of greater things. 
If we are worthy wearers of the "Maltese Cross," there is no 
telling W'hat we cannot accomplish. We bid you hearty wel- 
come into our busy, thrifty ranks, and hope the voice from the 
Green Mountains will be heard when many less promising chap- 
ters are silent with fear. 

Another significant move has been the removal of Fla., Alpha 
Omega to more fruitful soil, and what a revivifying influence it 
has had on the chapter. We are pretty sure it will never starve 
because it has Baker in it. Not that Pennsylvania Dutch Baker, 
who makes people "pay mighty dear for the roast," but a genu- 
ine Southern Baker, whose liberal soul shall make fat the home 
and surroundings of Alpha Omega Chapter, if not the whole 

We hear of other fields that will be occupied before the year 
is ended, and that too makes our hearts glad. If our brothers 
who want to do something for Alpha Tau Omega, and don't 
know what, would only look up matters at the institutions 
around them they might be able to accomplish a work which 
w^ould rear an imperishable monument to their names. Let each 
brother be up and doing in this as well as in every other fra- 
ternity duty and our success is assured. The way to be active 
is to be active. 

We have transferred to our pages Prof. Andrew D. White's 
article on "College Fraternities" which we hope every brother 
will read and then show it to his friends. All anti- fraternity men 
and especially professors should read it and ponder it well for 
it is one solid array of truths which appeal to every one, no 
matter what position he occupies. 


A number of chapter correspondents have failed to do their 
duty to this issue. We hope that they will soon get ashamed 
of themselves and mend their ways. We want a letter from 
every chapter for the October Number. Please write it and 
send it in before Sep. 15TH, '^y, as we don't want to be late 
again because you don't do your little duty. 

Chapter correspondents should be elected the last meeting in 
December and should serve one year at least. Many of our 
chapters change correspondents every issue, and it mixes up our 
books about four times a year. Let all chapters remember this 
and act accordingly. 

Bro. F. K. Hunter of Westchester, New York, would like to 
complete his file of the Palm, and desires the following numbers: 
Vol. I, No's. I, 2, 3, 4. Vol. II, No's. 2, 3, 4. Vol. Ill, No. i. 
Vol. V, No's. 2, 3, 4. Vol. VI, I, 3, 4. Any brother or ex- 
change having these or any of these numbers will confer an in- 
estimable favor upon Bro. Hunter by dropping a card to him 
stating what numbers you have and the price you wish for them. 

We are sorry to learn that the meeting of the Ohio Alunini 
has been postponed. 

A Happy vacation to all. 








Worthy Grand Chief— Prof. E. J. Shives, A. M., Tiffin, Ohio. 

Worthy Grand Chaplain— Rt. Rev. C. T. Ouintard, D. D., S. T. D., 
&c., Sewanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Exchequer— M. Luther Horne, Esq., 
Allentown, Pa. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Annals — Prof. W. B. Nauts, A. M., Se- 
wanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Scribe — Walter T. Daniel, Esq., New York City. 


Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook, Chairman^ Elizabeth, N. J. 

Jos. R. Anderson, Jr., Esq., Richmond, Va. 

Prof. N. Wiley Thomas, Ph. D., Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Rev. C. W. Baker, Dallastown, Pa. 

Prof. H. N. Felkel, Tallahassee, Fla. 

Hon. W. a. Haygood, lyi Peach Tree St., Atlanta, Ga. 


146 . DIRECTORY. [JunC 

Virginia Delta — University of Virginia, Va. 

G. W. Anderson, Jr., Cor. 
Virginia Epsilon — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. 

E. L. Greever, Cor. 
Kentucky Zeta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. 

R. W. Miller, Cor. 
Kentucky Mu — Kentucky Military Institute, Farmdale, Ky. 

G. R. Klinkhard, Cor. 
District of Columbia Upsilon— Columbian University, Washing- 
ton, D. C. J. C. PuGH, Cor. 
Tennessee Omega — University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 

J. C. Morris, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Beta— University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 

H. Key Milner, Cor. 
North Carolina Alpha-Delta — University of N. C, Chapel Hill, 

N. C. W. R. Tucker, Cor. 

Alabama Alpha-Epsilon — Alabama A. & M. College, Auburn, Ala. 

T. D. Samford, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Zeta — Mercer University, Macon, Ga. 

Walter K. Wheatly, Cor. 

North Carolina Alpha- Eta . "W.," Cor. 

Georgia Alpha-Theta— Emory College, Oxford, Ga. 

F. G. Corker, Cor. 
Michigan Alpha-Mu— Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. 

H. R. Stark, Cor. 
Ohio Alpha-Nu — Mt. Union College, Mt. Union, Ohio. 

E. E. Roberts, Cor. 
New York Alpha-Omicron — St. Lawrence University, Canton, 

N. Y. C. H. Brown, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Rho — Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, 

Pa. F. D. Campbell, Cor. 

Tennessee Alpha-Tau — Southwestern Presbyterian University, 

Clarksville, Tenn. H. M. Johnston, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Upsilon — Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, 

Pa. W. S. Lee, Cor. 

South Carolina Alpha-Phi — South Carolina College, Columbia, 

S. C. W. M. Hamer, Cor. 

Ohio Alpha-Psi— Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. 

C. A. Krout, Cor. 
Florida Alpha-Omega — University of Florida, Lake City, Fla. 

James C. Getzen, Cor. 
Iowa Beta-Alpha — Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. 

F. E. Worth, Cor. 

1887.] DIRECTORY. 14/ 

Alabama Reta-Bkta— Southern University, (ireensboro, Ala. 

n. C. MowARD, Cor. 
Alabama Beta-Delta— University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

J. M. Francis, Cor. 
Louisiana Beta-Epsilon— Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 

O. N. O. Watts, Cor. 
Vermont Beta-Zeta— University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. 

C. W. Sleeper, Cor. 


Alabama — Howard Lamar, (Alabama Alpha-Epsilon), Auburn, Ala., 
Worthy Master. 

Georgia— C. P. Steed, (Ga. Alpha-Zeta), Worthy Master. Next an- 
nual convention . 

South Carolina — Theo. M. DuBose, M. D., (Tenn. Omega) Worthy 
Master. Next annual convention Feb. 22nd, 1888. 

Virginia — Leonard Marburg, (D. C. Upsilon) Alexandria, Va., Wor- 
thy Master. 

Kentucky — Guy C. Sibley, (Ky. Mu), Worthy Master. 

North Carolina , Worthy Master. 

Florida— Geo. L. Drew, Jacksonville, Fla., Worthy Master. . 

Washington (D. C.) — Fairfax Irwin, (Va. Epsilon), Worthy Master. 
Meetings held monthly. 


Cljf llp|a Can #mfga faint. 

The Alpea Tau Omega Palm is the Official Journal of the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity ; and, as such, its constant aim will be to promote her 
interests in the manner following- : 

By affording a vehicle of communication for the General Officers, the 
Chapters and the Alumni ; by collecting and preserving in permanent 
form the annals of the Fraternity, and by disseminating her noble princi- 

While these are pre-eminently the purposes for which the Palm was es- 
tablished, it will also aim to exert a wholesome influence beyond the limits 
of the Fraternity, by habitually striving to inculcate such teachings, and 
only such, as shall tend to purify and elevate mankind in general. 

With a long list of contributors from the ranks of the Fraternity — some 
of whom have attained marked distinction in the various walks of life — 
the Palm can safely promise its patrons that its pages shall always contam 
interesting and profitable reading. 

The Pahn will be issued four times a year. Each number will contain 
not less than sixty octavo pages, and will be printed in clear, distinct type 
and on neat paper, with a view to binding in volumes for preservation. 

The subscription price is fixed at $1.50 per annum, in advance ; price 
of single copies 50 cents. 

Short professional or business cards will be inserted at the rate of ^3 
per annum ; advertisements requiring greater space at proportionately low 
rates, which may be ascertained by application t& the undersigned. 

All communications of whatever nature should be addressed to 


Business Manager, 

Dallastown, Pa. 



Rooms I and 4, Post Ofice Building, 

LOS ANGELES, California. 





PROF. H. N. FELKEL (Fla. A, fl.), Editor in-Chief, 


Howard Lamar, Esq. (Ala. A. E.), Auburn, Ala., 

A, L Bacheller, Esq. (N. Y. A. O.), New York City, 
Theo. D. Bratton, Esq. (Tenn. ,Q), Sewanee, Tenn., 

J. Frank Wilkes, Esq., (N. C. ^. J.), Charlotte, N. C. 

REV. C. W. BAKER (Pa. A. T.), Business Manager, 
dallastown, pa. 




^pkTai Omega f aim 

Vol. VII. GETTYSBURG, PA., OCTOBER, 1887. No. 3. 


I have always observed in newspapers and periodicals gen- 
erally that they know more, and have more to say, about other 
people's business than other people know themselves. Advice 
is cheap, and I would not for the world see the Alpha Tau Palm 
famous for giving useless advice ; but advice which is suggestive 
only is extremely necessary sometimes, or at least is not always 
out of place. Now this little article is meant as a suggestion 
simply and I trust will find its place in the thought of the fra- 
ternity world. 

The thought which I wish to present to my brothers, was 
suggested to me by a careful perusal of the minutes of our last 
congress. These minutes are specially interesting because they 
contain the record of much good work faithfully done. But 
there is one branch of work which should be commented upon 
— not because the Brother into whose hands the business was 
placed, has not done his duty well and faithfully ; but (shame 
upon our members ! ) because the Brothers did not support him 
in his noble work. The Alpha Tau Omega Palm is the organ 
of Alpha Tau Omega's life, and we cannot afford to let it suffer. 
In looking over the chapter reports tabulated by Bro. Smith of 
Pa. Tau, note that out of 248 active members represented at that 
congress, but 158 of these were subscribers to the Palm. This 
does not, at first sight, appear so bad ; but when we reflect 
that at the congress in Philadelphia it was unanimously resolved 
that every active member should be compelled to subscribe, then 
this report bears upon it the marks of chapter work partially 
completed and fraternity interests neglected. We cannot af- 
ford to be so lax about our business. 


Let me see if I cannot point out the difficulty in the way ; 
though it is a digression from my original thought. Let us 
take the average chapter. As a rule a correspondent is ap- 
pointed who thinks he has done his duty, if, at the last moment, 
he sends a hurried letter (most of which is taken up in apologies 
for his own laxity) to the Palm office once in three months. 
Actually I have seen a letter begin ''The 25 of Sept., the time 
appointed for the reception of chapter letters has passed un- 
noticed, &c" — has passed unnoticed — now. Brothers, how is our 
Palm to succeed unless those who furnish the mind, the very 
words of the Palm, are in earnest and take an interest in what 
they are doing ? Yet this is not a new or uncommon thing of 
which I am speaking. The editorials and exchanges and essays 
are not worth four-pence if the letters do not appear full of per- 
sonal interest. 

Then the Exchecquers in our chapters — what do they do ? 
Some attend to business of course, but look at the others — what 
is your own experience my Brother? Is it not this? The 
Keeper of Exchecquer goes to a Brother with zealous counten- 
ance and blank book, demanding his Palm dues. He is received 
cordially, with affection even, but what answer does he receive? 
"1 am very sorry, Bro. Jones, but Pm "dead broke," paid my 
last cent for apples to-day." Such is the condition of things. 
The Exchecquer has tried his best, the delinquent's conscience 
is clear(?) because he wanted to pay, and the Palm is left to 
perish. Business gets in a hopeless muddle and nobody is to 
blame. Brother, we can make no appeal more earnestly than 
we make this. Keep your Palin business up to the mark. 

But let me hasten on to my suggestion. We ought to have 
more alumni subscribers ; why can't we get them ? 

There are more than a thousand brothers doing business in the 
different states, whom our persons or our letters will reach if we 
only get at it in the proper way. Before I proceed however, let 
me set myself straight with the High Council under vvhose di- 
rection the Palm is conducted. The zeal and fidelity of this 
body are beyond criticism — indeed the Fraternity is too entirely to their good work for any one to presume to criticise, 
even if he found (after diligent search) a place to get in a criti- 


cism. I have not searched for one because I knew it was not 
to be found. Permit me however, to suggest this plan for con- 

Our members in different states, are sufficiently large to 
sprinkle the territory with good Alpha Taus. All of them no 
doubt have the interest of the Palm at heart, but they have bus- 
iness which does not permit them to think much of other mat- 
ters. If the Palm were brought to mind at the proper instant 
they would subscribe ; but it is not, and so the matter is delayed 
until forgotten. Now suppose we had men in each state of 
tried zeal, who were authorized agents for the Palm. Men who 
had the power to pounce upon a Brother, no matter where he 
meets him, and to take his subscription money and address on 
the spot, would not this extend the circulation of the Palm 
greatly ? Take for example Atlanta, Ga., well named the "Gate 
City." A brother in that city has an opportunity of meeting 
almost every Southern member during the course of two years. 
Vested with the proper authority he certainly could win say 
one-third of the members whom he meets and make them 
friends and supporters of the Palm. Of course this would not 
be very rapid work but if the plan ga.[nsji/ty subscribers it will 
be well worth the trying. Will not the brothers think of this 
and discuss it in the Palm ? t. d. b. 


We should like to know just how many chapters on adjourn- 
ment for the summer vacation appointed committees charged 
with special work in the direction of extension, or, to put the 
matter differently, we should like to inquire how many chapters 
have standing committees for this work. If there is a chapter 
that has not such a committee then we venture the criticism 
that said chapter is not completely organized. In its simplest 
definition, organization means getting ready for work, and with- 
out your regular extension committee you are not prepared, in 
the fullest sense, for all the work that a chapter is expected to 


If we have a special pride in our relations to the Alpha Tau 
Omega P'raternity it is that we may through it be instrumental 
in throwing around some of the young men of our country those 
safeguards most essential to fortify them for their life-work. 
Hundreds of youths will in a few weeks leave their homes for 
the first time and enter upon college life. They will to a certain 
extent be looked after by the faculties of the institutions they 
enter. But these young men need sympathy even more than 
surveillance and this sympathy they can get best from their col- 
lege fellows. If the American college fraternity means anything, 
as we take it, it is sympathy, protection, society, in short, a home 
for boys who are away from the family hearthstone. 

The social instinct is strong in human nature, at all times, 
though particularly so during the period of youth. But this 
instinct is not to be treated as a mere expression of geniality 
nor is it to be considered as having no more to do with charac- 
ter than to designate its variety as does the leaf or color of a 
flower. It is a positive force and as such demands direction and 
development. How many parents make the mistake of trying 
to suppress this desire for congenial companionship. Failing to 
do this, this force, as we have named it, is left to direct itself and 
to be developed by associations that often contaminate and ruin. 
There is no true development of character without the cultiva- 
tion of the social element in us. And what a fine means it 
affords of developing a round, full man, if we would only address 
ourselves to its education as assiduously and systematically as 
we do to the training of the powers of the intellect. 

It would not be desirable, if it were possible, for each college 
student to have the constant companionship of a staid, sober- 
minded professor. But it is not possible, therefore the best 
thing to do under the circumstances is to make that society into 
which he must naturally fall pure and elevating in its tendencies. 
The college fraternity, if properly managed, is an instrumental- 
ity at work in this direction. I wish it were possible for me to 
impress this view of the mission of the fraternity upon every 
member of the Alpha Tau Omega. I wish that every one of 
us could feel that in our efforts to have others join us, we are 


not merely adding to our numbers, but that we are helping our 
fellow-men to a higher life. 

Now a word as to campaigning. I believe we should canvass 
by stating our principles and purposes in unmistakable terms to 
any one who is solicited to join our ranks. And this we can 
do without violating any of the secrets of our order. State dis- 
tinctly that we are a college fraternity organized and conducted 
for the prime purpose of giving sympathy and moral support to 
every true young man entering college ; that the chapter is a 
home in which he will be at once placed in the position of a 
brother, and where each one will see to it that he is respected 
and protected so long as he is worthy ; that it is our purpose to 
throw aroung young men the very best influences and to shield 
them from every thing that would in any manner corrupt and 
demoralize. With a clear enunciation like this, your appeal can 
but command respect. If your offer is rejected, you have the 
high satisfaction of knowing that you have acted in a straight- 
forward dignified manner, and that you have discharged your 
duty both to the party approached and to the fraternity. 

This work of extension is an important one and should be 
conducted with the utmost discretion, and for this reason we 
favor having a committee to take the matter in hand. To be 
sure, every member of the chapter should contribute whatever 
aid he can to this committee, but every member of a chapter is 
not a suitable one to approach a new man. Indeed every mem- 
ber is not properly informed as to the mission and purposes of 
our order. Hence a discreet committee will be better able to 
understand whether or not a man has in him the characteristics 
to make a true Alpha Tau, than one who has not studied the 
matter. Besides all of this, organized, systematic work is always 
more effective and more satisfactory than random, desultory 

We have said that the chapter should be a home for boys who 
are away from the family hearth-stone. Do our chapters stand 
in this relation to their members ? If self investigation be a 
good thing for the individual, would it not also be a good thing 
for the chapter? Do you see to it that your chapter-room is a 
place for social pleasure and comfort as well as for routine fra- 


ternity work ? Don't forget that ours is a social organization. 
If this be lost sight of, virtue must go out of it, and the true 
spirit will no longer animate its body. 

We might write an article on how to make chapter life inter- 
esting, but after all we could speak only in general terms. Each 
chapter is differently constituted from every other. What would 
suit one might not suit another. Here again a committee might 
be of advantage — a committee whose duty it shall be to provide 
entertainment and to keep constantly in mind and before the 
chapter the social character of the organization. Now this is 
really a very essential point and not to be overlooked. Let the 
business of the chapter be attended to with all dignity, but do 
not consume the evening in work. There is a way of conduct- 
ing the business of parliamentary bodies with dispatch, but it 
would seem that some presiding officers understand perfectly 
well "how not to do it." Surely nothing is so tiresome to a 
bright social nature as to be repressed for an hour by the slow 
dignity of a Worthy Master. 

Let us remember that we should seek to develop the best 
traits in our fellow not to repress them. h. n. f. 


[From a N. Y. Paper]. 

New York, Aug. 20. — When the aspiring Freshman has passed 
his entrance examination the first university honor that he craves 
is an election to one of the college fraternities. If he is a Bos- 
tonian, his father, his brother or his cousin before him belonged 
to Psi U.; if he is a Providence man his chums are reckoned in 
with Zeta Psi; if he is a New Yorker he affiliates naturally with 
Beta Theta Pi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Chi Phi or Chi Psi. In 
some of the younger Western institutions the Greek letter soci- 
ety, bringing its members as it does into relations with the old- 
est and richest colleges in the country, must seem at times more 
powerful almost than Alma Mater herself; certainly by students 
and alumni it is often better beloved. There are thirty-three 


such fraternities at present existing among the men of the 
American colleges. The chapter houses are not infrequently 
among the finest buildings on the campus. PZach society, as a 
rule, has its badge, which is conspicuously worn, its publications, 
its songs, its banquets and its conventions. That a similar state 
of affairs is growing up in the women's colleges, that girls' Greek 
letter fraternities not only exist, but are multiplying, is a fact not 
so generally known. 

From an a priori point of view there is no reason why the 
fraternity idea should not commend itself to girl students and 
many reasons why it naturally would. For one thing the men's 
societies in a co-educational college exclude the women students. 
The locked door of the fraternity rooms is a perpetual challenge 
to retaliation. That talk of initiation ordeals, hints of pass- 
words, mottoes, grips and recognition signs should be as it were 
in the air around them, tokens of mysteries always to tantalize 
them, never to be revealed, would rouse emulation in a more 
passive creature than the average college girl. It was, as a mat- 
ter of course, in the colleges which admit men and women both 
that the women's Greek letter societies originated, and it is in 
them that the sisterhood's have chiefly flourished. Repeated 
efforts have been made to establish a chapter of this order or 
that at Vassar, but no fledgling has ever proved strong enough 
to withstand the faculty's frown. Wellesley has had secret so- 
cieties at one time and another, but they have never proved 
permanent institutions. The new women's college at Bryn 
Mawr has a local society which may or may not gather strength 
with age. Cornell, Syracuse University, Boston University, St. 
Lawrence, in the northern part of this state, Ann Arbor, Kan- 
sas University, Northwestern University and the host of West- 
ern co-educational schools are the homes of the women's Greek 
letter societies. No one of these organizations is old enough — 
the senior society reckons barely seventeen years — to count any 
large number of prominent alumnae, but several have a credita- 
ble list of women who are known and more who are doing good 
work, though they may not be before the public. The number 
of sororities at present organized with principles and methods 
akin to the Greek letter fraternities is seven. About fifty active 



chapters are known, and a conservative estimate of the mem- 
bership would put it between 2,000 and 3,000. 

The oldest society is Kappa Alpha Theta, started at Asbury 
University, now De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind., Jan. 27, 
1870. The largest society is Kappa Kappa Gamma, which has 
nineteen chapters and whose membership is something above a 
thousand. The richest society is probably Alpha Phi, whose 
Alpha Chapter at Syracuse University has erected this year a 
beautiful chapter house, the only building of the sort, so far as 
the writer is aware, thus far owned by any of the ladies' societies. 

Among the regular members of the sororities Kappa Alpha 
Theta has upon its books President Alice Freeman, just resigned 
from Wellesley College, who was initiated into Eta Chapter dur- 
ing her student life at Ann Arbor ; Miss Katharine Coman, Pro- 
fessor of History at the same school, and other women holding 
high positions at De Pauw University and Iowa Wesleyan. 
Mrs. Mary A. Livermore and Mrs. Julia Ward Howe have ac- 
cepted honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma, and 
the former at least wears sometimes the badge of the order, a 
unique and pretty jeweled key. Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes also 
belongs to the Kappas. Miss P'rancis E. Willard, well known 
in temperance circles, belongs to Alpha Phi. 

The women's societies by name, furnished me by Mr. William 
Raymond Baird, whose book upon college fraternities, a new 
edition of which is now in preparation, is the main authority on 
the subject, are as follows: Sigma Kappa was organized at Colby 
University in 1 874. It has but one chapter. Alpha Beta Tau 
has two chapters, one at the Mississippi State University, the 
other at the Oxford, Miss., Female Institute. Alpha Phi, though 
it has but three chapters, is one of the strongest of the fraterni- 
ties, being very securely entrenched at Syracuse University, 
where it was founded in 1872. It has some wealthy women 
among its alumnae who have the interests of Chapter Alpha, 
now numbering perhaps 1 50 members, at heart. Beta Chapter 
is at the Northwestern University, Evanston, 111., and Eta Chap- 
ter has been placed at Boston University. The badge is a jew- 
eled monogran and the colors silver-gray and Bordeaux. Delta 
Gamma has ten active and two inactive chapters, all in the West 


and South. It is a rapidly growing fraternity and holds biennial 
conventions. The badge is a golden anchor and the organ of 
the society is a quarterly magazine cailed the Delta Gamma An- 
chora. A chapter was maintained at St. Lawrence University, 
Canton, N. Y., until recently. Gamma Phi Beta has three chap- 
ters. It was founded at Syracuse University in 1874 '^^^ Bishop 
Haven gave it its motto. Its other chapters are at Ann Arbor 
and Northwestern University. Its badge is a gold monogram 
and its colors light and dark brown. 

Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma, founded in 
the same year and already referred to as the oldest and largest, 
respectively, of the women's fraternities, have long been rivals. 
The planting of Eta Chapter by the senior society at Ann Ar- 
bor, the first feminine association to get a foot-hold in that Uni- 
versity, was considered a great acquisition. The society now 
has eleven chapters, Iota at Cornell, Xi at Wesleyan and Lambda 
at the University of Vermont giving it a strong Eastern wing. 
The most Western chapter is at Lawrence, Kan. The fraternity 
publishes a magazine and a song book. 

Kappa Kappa Gamma is the most fully organized of the 
women's Greek letter societies. Founded at Monmouth Col- 
lege, 111., October 13, 1870, the anniversary of that day is gen- 
erally celebrated by the chapters. It is now represented in the 
East at Boston University, St. Lawrence University, Syracuse 
University, Cornell and Wooster Universities, these five chap- 
ters constituting Alpha Province. Beta Province includes six 
chapters, placed at Indiana University, De Pauw, Butler Uni- 
versity, Hillsdale College and Wisconsin University. Gamma 
Province has eight chapters, at Illinois Wesleyan, Northwestern, 
Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri Universities 
and Simpson College. The governing power is vested in a 
Grand Council, with a representative from each province, which 
manages the fraternity in the interim between the biennial con- 
ventions. The last general convention was held at Akron, Ohio, 
and the next is to be at Minnesota University. Province con- 
ventions are also held. The fraternity publishes The Key, a 
quarterly magazine, averaging 145 pages, which is edited by 
the Boston chapter, and was the first journal published by a 


women's fraternity. The Kappa girls have also published a 
small song book and have a larger one, after the fashion of the 
*'Carmina CoUegensia," in preparation. Light and dark blue 
are the society colors. Kappa girls are very loyal to their soci- 
ety and believe in its future. Alumnae chapters are forming and 
will apply at the next convention for charters. 

One of the largest of the college societies managed by women 
is not a Greek letter society. The C. 1. Sorosis, with headquar- 
ters at Kansas University, has twenty-five chapters in the West 
and publishes a journal called The Arrow. The growth of the 
girls' societies has been very rapid during the past two years, 
and inasmuch as the secrecy of any Greek letter society, whether 
managed by men or women, consists mainly in the two facts 
that it refuses to divulge the meaning of the crooked characters 
borne on its seal, and holds very innocent meetings with locked 
doors, no domestic or other revolution is to be apprehended 
from their prosperity. Eliza Putnam Heaton. 




Sept. 17, 1887. 
' Editors Palm : We regret very much to say, that there were 
no degrees taken by the Alpha Taus, of Va. Delta last session. 
However Bros. Archer and Joe Anderson, and Tom Randolph 
did splendidly in the Academical department. I will say fur- 
ther that it was hardly possible, for the Alpha Taus, of this or 
any other chapter, to have had thirteen, (the unlucky number) 
mcQV gentlemeUy or 13 more congenial gentlemen. 

Bro. Geo. W. Anderson was made Final President of the Jef- 
ferson Society, considered a big honor in college. General 
opinion is, that never before was the chair as well filled. 

Bro. Frank Corbett received the Medal, for the best article 
written in the University Magazine during session of '86 and 
^^y. In acceptance his speech was most appropriate, and very 
clever. That is not only the opinion of college, but of the 
Board of Visitors and the Professors, from whom he received 
hearty congratulations. Bro. Corbett has gone to Bozeman, 
Montana, as district county clerk. May luck and success be 
with him always. Va. Delta had the pleasure of seeing Bros. 
W. W. Owens, "Billy" Preston, **Wat" Adduson and Jack 
Mosby during the finals. They were all the same good fellows 
as of yore. Their love and interest in Alpha Tau Omega Fra- 
ternity and "Old Va. Delta," is unbounded. 

We certainly have seven men to start with next year, and the 
probabihties are that there will be ten of the old men back. 

As soon as our chapter starts again to work, which is in Oct., 
we shall not fail to send you all items of interests. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega. 

Geo. K. Lee. 




Salem, Va., Oct. 5, 1887. 

Dear Palm : It is with a feeling of sadness intermingled with 
pleasure that we report the condition and progress of Va. Epsi- 

Of our fraternal band of ten, only three returned to take upon 
themselves the duties of college and fraternal life. 

Of our dear departed boys, we would say that each holds a 
sacred seat in our respect and love, and we earnestly hope that 
each will illustrate in his life those true and ennobling principles, 
symbolized by the Maltese Cross which each wears upon his 
breast. Alpha Tau's loving bonds held us near and dear and 
we had grown to be brothers in the true sense of the word, but 
now we are parted, when to meet again we know not. Time, 
distance and circumstances intervene ; but are we not one in 
heart and is there not a chord in each breast that responds to 
the happy memories of the past ? Surely those days which we 
have spent together, those devoted ties which we have formed, 
those benefits which we have derived from one another, shall 
ever remain the brightest hours of our college life. Often shall 
we draw aside the curtains that shield the past and renew our 
vows at the shrine of love, and again swear eternal friendship 
come weal or woe. We would sit and dream on and on of 
those dear boys, ^'Who've gone to fight life's battles upon life's 
stormy sea," but we must turn from these thoughts and bid a 
reluctant adieu, 

"For years may fly from this bright time, 

And yet this mem'ry still 
Will often come in sweetest rhyme 

Our lonely thoughts to fill ; 
And while these aching hearts shall beat 

Life's pleasure and its dross, 
We never shall forget the boys, 

Who wore the 'Maltese Cross.' " 

Now for immediate chapter news. Those that returned were 
Bros. W. E. Lea, L. A. Clark and R. W. Kime. We were few 
but we determined to show we still lived and that can be well 

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attested by our fraternity at least. In our first meeting we 
viewed our college field with a critical eye, and saw that there 
were a few aliens worthy of Alpha Tau Omega's secrets. Of 
those whom we deemed worthy, we would introduce Bros. J. C. 
Peery, Tazewell C. H., Va., Jno. Trout, Roanoke City, Va., and 
E. N. Groh, Penn'a. Each of these brothers we would com- 
mend to the fraternity in the highest terms. We have another 
man pledged to ride the goat at our next meeting and two more 
to join us or none. 

Before last year the boys never had a hall but met in a private 
room. This we didn't like, so in one year we have furnished 
a cozy little hall not surpassed by the hall of any fraternity in 
college, and before another year will have passed away, we shall 
have a ''regular daisy." Here we meet once a week, learn Al- 
pha Tau's principles, strengthen our friendship, and discuss 
ahens and college affairs in general. 

In our last election Bro. Lea was elected W. M. and W. K. A.; 
Bro. Groh, W. C; Bro. Clark, W. K. E.; Bro. Trout, W. Sen.; 
Bro. Peery, W. U., and your obedient servant W. S. and Cor- 


Bro. N. N. Dugon, '86-87, is attending Tulane Univ. We 
were very sorry to lose little "Wap." Bros. W. A. and J. M. 
Deaton, '86-87, have entered N. C. College, which is near their 
home. Success attend you. From our last account of Bro- 
Heilig, '83-87, he was at his home in Salisbury, N. C, having 
a good time as usual. We would assure Bro. H. that he is 
missed by the girls of Salem as well as by us. Bro. E. A. 
Smith, '87, will teach for the present somewhere in S. C. Our 
best wishes go with you "Gene," and I do hope that you will 
not forget your college exploits. Bro. Ed. Greever, '87, and 
Bro. Gose, '86-87, are prospecting out west and having a jolly 
old time. Bro. Greever, who took the English Scholarship in 
'86, took the Medal in oratory last Commencement. We are 
very proud of Bro. Greever and wish him success in all of his 

We are happy to note that Bros. W. H. DeBell, '86, and G. 
D. Brown, '86, were with us during Commencement and that 


we found them the same old loving, enthusiastic Alpha Taus. 
Bro. DeBell is teaching in Staunton, Va., and Bro. Brown is in 
Wytheville, Va. Bro. P. B. Smith, '86, is also a pedagogue. 
Bro. C. S. Eckstone, '83-84, is a book-keeper in Memphis, Tenn. 

We do hope that none of these boys will forget Alpha Tau 
Omega in her needs, and especially Va. Epsilon. 

As this is my first attempt in chapter letters, I shall now re- 
spectfully close. 

Wishing the most sanguine success to each chapter of Alpha 
Tau Omega, I remain 

Yours Fraternally, 




Richmond, Ky., Sept. 18, 1887. 

Editors Palm : At the last regular election contrary to my 
wish and request I had the honor — pardon me if 1 say misfor- 
tune — to be re-elected Correspondent. So I must write, not 
that there is anything to tell but because a quarterly letter is 
required. The records of the year '86-7 are all in and Ky. 
Zeta is in no way ashamed of her history. In the Commence- 
ment exercises last June our men were especially prominent, 
and it is needless to say that they did themselves and us full 
justice. Your correspondent was one of the contestants for the 
orator's medal but modesty forbids that I say more of his efforts 
than that he did his best. 

In the Senior class day exercises brother Shackelford was 
Grumbler, a position by the way he is eminently qualified to 
fill, and brother Byar did himself proud as Class Poet. Two 
men on the programme is quite a fine showing as the other 
fraternities only had one each. The Faculty chose four men 
from the Senior class to deliver graduating addresses, and to 
occupy two of these positions our two Seniors were chosen. We 
graduated two men, brother Shackelford taking the B. A. de- 
gree, brother Byar the B. S. For the present year brother 
Johnson is Editor-in-Chief and brother Miller ist Associate Ed- 

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itor of the college paper. The quarterly election resulted as 
follows : VV. M., J. A. Johnson ; W. C , R. W. Miller ; W. K. E., 
L. Taylor; W. K. A., W. R. Shackelford; W. Sc, R. H. Ad- 
ams; W. U., E. S. Ely; W. S., L. Taylor, and R. W. Miller, 
Correspondent. Richmond recently had a very severe fire and 
in it Zeta chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity lost heavily. 
The chapter lost everything, furnishings, charter, records and all 
else. It was a severe loss and Zeta of Alpha Tau Omega ten- 
ders Sigma Nu her warmest sympathy. College opened on the 
14th of this month and am sorry to say not flatteringly to either 
college or to the fraternities here. The number of ''barbarians" 
is small and the quality not promising. But as we already have 
six active members and several associate ones we will surely fare 
no worse than the rest. When K. M. I. was sold Ky. Mu be- 
queathed us all her property and we tender to her our most sin- 
cere thanks and most brotherly gratitude. 


Bro. W. E. Cabell, of Greensburg, Ky., spent several days 
with us last week. 

Bro. S. J. Johnson, of Little Rock, Ark., was visiting in Rich- 
mond last week. 

Bro. W. E. Blanton who has been spending the summer with 
his father, has returned to his business in Little Rock, Ark. 

Bro. Newland Jones has returned from Texas and is with us 

Bro. W. R. Shackelford is taking a post-graduate course at 
the University this year and we are glad to have him counsel 
and advise with us. 

Asking pardon for this rambling letter, I am 

Sincerely and fraternally yours, 

R. W. Miller, 



Columbian College, Washington, D. C, Aug. 25, 1887. 
Editors Palm : '<All quiet along the Potomac" — so like 
Faustus, I have prayed the ever moving spheres of heaven to 



stand still, that time might cease and midnight never come ; 
but the earth still moves, September is near, and I must write 
my chapter letter informing my brothers, far and near, that the 
Alpha Tau Omega Army of the Potomac, camping upon the 
bank of this historic river, is ever diligently watching for an 
opportunity to meet her rivals upon the field of contest, that 
the good Alpha Tau banner may float triumphantly over all ; 
that another victory may be chronicled by her Worthy Grand 
Keeper of Annals ; and other valuable acquisitions made to her 
already illustrious and efficient membership. 

As all are doubtless aware, the Upsilon chapter is yet young 
in the fight for the intellectual and moral promotion of man in 
general, and college students in particular ; and as youth is the 
period of activity, we are active. 

Having marched into this field of adventure only two months 
ago, or just before the close of the campaign, and our comrades 
scattered to the four sections of the States, we did not acquire 
any additional numerical strength, as we preferred to abide our 
time in peace until the season of ''grabbing" begins in Septem- 
ber. The close of the collegiate year which affects so many 
chapters, by the withdrawal and graduation of much excellent 
material — versed in the knowledge of fraternity affairs — did not 
affect our standing in the least ; for we remain, as we began, a 
solid and unswerving six, determined upon accomplishing great 
things for Upsilon and Alpha Tau Omega. 

There is a rumor floating about that Sigma Chi will soon send 
a squad here, to fight for her interest and to her credit. Upsilon 
extends to Sigma Chi and all like honorable fraternities a cordial 
invitation to inspect our college and launch into her prolific 
waters ; for the more the merrier, and competition is the life of 
all good chapters. 

We anticipate soon moving into more commodious quarters 
than those we have been using — thanks to brother Lamar, — and 
when the location is decided upon the Palm will be duly ap- 
prised ; for it is our desire that all brothers will make it their 
headquarters during their sojourn in this the ''City of magnifi- 
cent distances." 

Our popular and genial brother, John M. Thompson, has just 

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returned from a most delightful visit to Mississippi, and reports 
meeting many loyal brothers, who know well how to treat all 
Alpha Taus. We are not at all amazed to learn that his visit 
and sojourn in Mississippi ^NdiS fraught with ''beatitude,'' as we 
''hiow a thing or tivo!' We may lose brother Thompson for 
some time next winter, and we are loath to see him leave, but 
are proud to chronicle his appointment as Special Examiner in 
the Pension Bureau. 

Brothers Frank B. Clements and Exium P. Lewis returned 
recently preparatory to entering College in September, and each 
reports much fun in Alabama and North Carolina, respectively. 
Bro. Arthur P. Davis has charge of a party under the Geologi- 
cal Survey, and is now in the wilds of Arizona, laboring in the 
interest of science. He is expected to return to us early in 
October. Bro. J. W. Henry is passing his time very pleasantly 
in this city, but guess that he is ready to begin a student's life 

It is with pleasure that we notice the fact, that we will have 
with us next winter brothers Waddy Thompson (S. C. Alpha 
Phi) and Henry L. Pugh (Ala. Beta Delta). These active broth- 
ers have already connected themselves with the D. C. A. Asso- 

We congratulate South Carolina Alpha Phi upon the zeal and 
admiration which they have instilled into the minds and hearts 
of their "Sisters" for Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Taus; for it 
is a good sign of progress, and if she has many such as it has 
been our pleasure and honor to meet, she is most fortunate in- 
deed. Suffice it to say, that these particular ''sisters" (two) have 
captivated more than one Alpha Tau's heart in this locality. 

I have already occupied too much space, but must mention 
the marriage of our popular, energetic and affable brother, Wil- 
ham H. Lamar (Ala. Alpha Epsilon), which occurred in Macon, 
Ga., — "the land of flowers and song" — on the night of July 23d. 
Our genial and esteemed brother only won his just reward for 
his untiring and enthusiastic efforts in behalf of his appreciated 
Order, — which we all love so well — when he led to the altar 
Miss Jennie, the lovely and accomplished daughter of that south- 
ern statesman, Hon. Lucius Q. C. Lamar. His Fraternity will 


ever cherish for him that regard which is but due from a grate- 
ful brotherhood, and watch with interest his future career. Dis- 
trict of Columbia Upsilon unanimously congratulate brother 
Lamar upon the latest "sister" gained for Alpha Tau Omega. 
With best wishes for the success of the Palm, I am 
Yours Fraternally, 

John Cochran Pugh, 



Univ. of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., Sept. 20, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The summer gayeties are about over and 
every brother has settled down to work in anticipation of the 
coming winter examinations. It is the first opportunity your 
correspondent has had to sit down and try to gather up some 
facts as to Tennessee Omega's life since our last letter. I don't 
think our membership has ever been larger in the history of the 
chapter and altogether we seem to be approaching the close of 
a prosperous year. We have sustained two serious losses this 
summer, however, in brothers Bratton and Ruth. The former 
has completed his course in the theological department of the 
University and goes to take charge of a parish in South Caro- 
Hna. He for a long time has been a kind of «'pater" to our 
chapter and has had almost entire charge of the building of our 
house. Bro. Ruth has also taken a very active part in our chap- 
ter's doings and bears with him the good wishes of every brother. 
It is seldom that misfortunes come unattended by good, and so 
it becomes my pleasant duty to introduce to the F'raternity Bros. 
M. A. D. Brewster, F. E. Shoup and Robert Gaston, all brothers 
good and true. The chapter has already shown its appreciation 
of brother Brewster by making him Worthy Master. Frater- 
nity life in general has been quite lively at Sewanee this sum- 
mer and there is now not a single chapter which does not pos- 
sess a house of its own. The Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon have each given an elegant reception, to which repre- 
sentatives from all the other fraternities were invited.* Such 
good-will is, I take it, not a very common thing among chapters 

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at many collef^es. We have been delighted to have with us 
this summer, brothers De Rossett, Farley, Quintard, Stephen 
Elliot, Theodore and McNeely DuBose, all of whom spent some 
time on the mountain. With love to all Alpha Taus, I am 

Yours in the bonds, 

J. C. Morris, 



MiLLEDGEVILLE, Ga., Sept. 3, 1 88/. 

Dear Bros : If I remember accurately the request was made, 
in the last Palm, that all communications for the Oct. issue be 
handed in by the 15th of Sept. With a feeling recollection of 
the ordinary dearth of communications and •chapter letters in 
the 1st Palm of the scholastic year, I write with the confidence 
that possibly even my little remembrance will be pleasantly re- 

I regard with no little unhappiness the possibility that I may 
cease to be identified with Alpha Tau Omega, her aims, her in- 
terests. No one of her children has greater reason to be proud 
of her than I have, no one has derived more lasting good. 
Among all the influences which move me to redoubled efforts, 
which arouse my energy and stimulate my ambitions, not one 
is remembered niore thankfully than that of my fraternity, and 
my chapter in especial. My exemplars of manhood (and wom- 
anhood) wear the dear old cross, and wear it proudly, the bosom 
friends of my young manhood love the cause. Everything con- 
spires to make me love her, and I do love her, passionately. 

In the whirl of business life, the little room at Athens, Ga., is 
as accurately fixed in my mind as my father's house. Every 
picture in it, every memory which clusters around it, every seat, 
once occupied by the dearest friends of my life, everything con- 
nected with it are as dear to me as my honor. 

The earnest manner, the sympathetic tones of Arthur Bishop, 
the business-like care and interest of brother Milner, of Ala., the 
demonstrations of the overflowing love of the great heart of 
brother Johnson, the enthusiasm of all, Nesbitt, the boys from 


Valdosta, and a host of others, call me back to the dear old 
place. Many of them go back under their earnest labors, the 
old A. B. ship has already felt "the thrill of Hfe along her keel," 
and 1 leave her now with the consciousness that she will sail on 
proudly, grandly, on the bosom of her mother, that when the 
waves threaten her, strong and tender hands will aid her to ride 

Your brother in Alpha Tau Omega, 

J AS. E. Pottle. 


Chapel Hill, N. C, Sept. i8, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It gives me great pleasure, as Correspondent 
of our chapter, to» write this, my first letter to the Palm. 

At the opening of the session all our members of last year 
returned, with the exception of brother W. E. Borden, of Golds- 
boro, N. C, whom we were all very sorry to lose from our ranks. 
I hear that he intends settling in Texas. May success always 
attend him in his distant home. 

Bro. C. C. McAlister, of Ashboro, N. C, has been affiliated 
from Alpha Eta chapter, and brother Shepard Bryan of New- 
berne, N. C, has been initiated this session. 

There are one or two more new men whom we have our eyes 
on, and will probably succeed in getting into our fraternity, one 
of them for certain. 

I am happy to say that our chapter now is on a firmer foun- 
dation, and in a more prosperous condition than it has been 
for several years. We have succeeded in procuring another and 
more comfortable hall than we have had for some time, and we 
are endeavoring to furnish it as well as we can with the means 
now at our command. 

At our last election the following officers were elected : L. L. 
Little, W. M.; W. R. Tucker, W. C; H. L. Miller, W. S. and 
W. K. K; Frank Drew, W. K. A.; W. W. WiUiams, W. Usher ; 
W. E. Borden, W. Sentinel. 

We were very glad to have with us, last Commencement, a 
large number of our alumni brothers, and, of course, we all had 


a jolly good time together. Bro. Geo. Howard favored us with 
a visit a few days ago, and while here assisted us in the initia- 
tion of Bro. Bryan. The "Major" was looking as thin (?) as ever. 
Hoping that this letter may reach the Palm in time for publi- 
cation in the next issue, and wishing much success to the Palm, 
I am, Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

H. L. Miller, 



A. AND M. College, Auburn, Ala., Sept. 16, 1887. 

Editors Palm: College opened on the 15th inst. with very 
flattering prospects, notwithstanding its recent misfortune in the 
burning of the building with all of its contents, a loss of about 
;^200,ooo. Through the energy of the trustees and professors 
the extra buildings belonging to the college were fitted up and 
temporary ones erected, new apparatus and machinery purchased 
and every thing put in ship-shape for this session, so we will pro- 
ceed as heretofore with but little inconvenience. 

Our chapter hall was not in the building however, and we, as 
a fraternity, sustained no loss, and Alpha Epsilon is on as big a 
boom as ever. We now count fifteen with flattering prospects 
for twenty, all wide awake to the interest of Alpha Tau Omega. 
' Brother Poole, an alumnus of Ga. Alpha Theta, spent several 
days with us recently ; brother B. B. Ross, Professor of chem- 
istry in La. State University, is now with us but will return in a 
short while to his work. We are always glad to see any of the 
brothers and hope they come again. 

It may be of some interest to the other chapters to hear that 
we were ahead as to honors last Commencement. Brother V. 
L. Allen led the Senior class for first honor and received a 
speaker's place at Commencement. W^e had two others, broth- 
ers Lamar and Perry, of the five Senior speakers. In the Junior 
class we had three out of five speakers and in the society cele- 
bration w^e had three out of the four representatives. On the 
honor roll we had fourteen who were distinguished in three or 


more studies. This number exceeds that of all three of the 
other fraternities. 

We will have an election of officers for the ensuing term as 
early as possible and will send report of same in my next letter.^ 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega. 

T. D. Samford, 



Mercer University, Aug. 20th, 1887. 

Dear Palm : This is the first time I have ever had the pleas- 
ure of chronicling the good tidings from our cherished Alpha 

Alpha Zeta is now, I may write in bold letters, flourishing. 
Through the hard work of her true and loyal sons, which are 
yearly born unto her, nurtured by her, and have the princilpe of 
true manhood instilled in them, she still sustains that **rep" she 
has always had, even from infancy, that she waves proudly her 
colors over her sister ''frats." 1 hazard nothing in saying no- 
where can there be found a set of boys where there is more 
unity; and in our estimation of our young chapter, compara- 
tively speaking, think us not selfish in saying that she is one of 
the brightest gems that adorns the coronet of our noble brother- 

This year has been the crowning of the many manly efforts 
of our boys. Commencement passed off quietly, and is now 
numbered with "Mercer's" other successful ones, with the follow- 
ing brothers who came off with distinction : 

Bro. J. R. Cain sharing second honor, and taking the better 
part, delivered the Latin Salutatory; the first being given to a 
Kappa Pi. Of the seven speakers' places given in the Senior 
class. Phi Delta Theta received i. Kappa Alpha i, Sigma Nu i, 
and Alpha Tau Omega 4. The foUowmg were the brothers 
who both honored themselves and their fraternity: Bros. J. R. 
Cain, J. B. Fitzgerald, L. Kennedy and J. W. Palmer. 

Of the eight Junior places, the Kappa Alphas received 2, 
Phi Delta Thetas i and the Alpha Tau Omegas the following 

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five : Bros. J. A. Carroll, B. M. Foreman, J. D. Kilpatrick, C. W. 
Steed and A. D. Williams. 

The following were the successful ones receiving the various 
prizes : The first Senior composition medal was awarded to a 
Kappa Alpha. The second medal was awarded to Bro. Leander 
Kennedy. The medal for the best Junior orator, was awarded 
to Bro. Carl W. Steed. For best Sophomore declamation, the 
1st medal was awarded to Bro. J. Monroe Ogden, our "small 

Bro. J. W. Smith held up the honor of his society, as her an- 
niversarian. In the debate between the two socs., Phi Delta and 
Ciceronian, Phi Delta was represented by ''Mercer's young De- 
mosthenes," Bro. Roland S. Ellis, and the "Cices" by Bros. Cain 
and Kennedy, both eloquent speakers. The debate was fine, 
having three good men to represent each soc, but as is charac- 
teristic of "young Demosthenes," he won the question for Phi 
Delta. This is our record. Who can beat it ? 

At our last election the following Bros, were elected to office: 
W. M., B. M. Foreman ; W. C, W. L. Denham ; W. K. £., C. W. 
Steed; W. K. A., A. D. Williams; W. Sc, J. A. Carroll; W. U., 
J. D. Kilpatrick; W. S., John Curd; Cor., J. Render Terrell. 

For the second time in the history of Alpha Zeta has the 
angel of death visited her, and took from her in his cold em- 
brace one of her truest and noblest Alpha Taus. A page in the 
Palm I presume will be devoted to his memory. 

A short time before Commencement we initiated Bro. T. W. 
O'Kelly, of Hall county. Nothing better can be said of him 
than that he is worthy to wear the "Maltese Cross." 

A short time ago we parted very reluctantly with our much 
beloved brother Walter K. Wheatly, who left us to take a busi- 
ness course at Poughkeepsie. We occasionally hear from our 
good brother J. D. Howard, who has been taking a course in 
law at Athens, and who gives glowing accounts of Alpha Beta. 
We are glad to learn that she has been aroused from her state 
of lethargy, and is now reaping the fruits of success as the other 
Ga. chapters are doing. 

I realize that I've made my letter too long already, but I can- 
not close until I have made special mention of one of our most 



delightful and always successful banquets, which was given at 
the hospitable residence of our distinguished President, Dr. A. 
J. Battle. The universal verdict the next day was, **It was the 
finest thing on record." We give them yearly in honor of Al- 
pha Tau's ''fairer sex," and it is with their co-operation that our 
banquets are so successful. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega. 

J. R. Terrill, 



Editors Palm : We were very sorry when the June number 
of the Palm came out with no letter from Alpha Eta, and we do 
not intend to have such a thing occur again. As we had no 
letter in the last Palm, 1 will give some of the honors gained by 
our boys during the past year. The medals for declamation in 
both the literary societies were won by Alpha Taus. On the 
ticket for Commencement we had one of four orators, two of 
four declaimers, and the chief and two assistants out of five 
marshals. We won the best record in English, the best record 
in Greek, the second best record in Latin, and the best record 
in the commercial course. The Senior captain, three first lieu- 
tenants and the adjutant in the battalion, besides lower officers, 
were Alpha Tau Omegas, and in fact every Alpha Tau in school, 
eligible to an office, was an officer. Our chapter consisted of 
eleven members, but we were so unfortunate as to lose six of them 
this year, and yet with five men as a start, and a whole school 
to select from, we have no fears as to the size of our chapter 
during the present term. We have some very good men in 
view and will probably have some new brothers to introduce in 
the next Palm. 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 


1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 175 


Greensboro, Ga., Sept. 21, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Your card advising me that it is time for A 
Theta chapter letter, received. Bro. B. A. Wise and myself 
returned from Europe yesterday, or the letter would have been 
written sooner. Emory College opens on the 13th of October. 
I have not been able to hear from any of the Alpha Theta boys 
yet, but 1 am confident that we will open with twenty-three men. 
We will have a fine Senior class of about nine, and with them 
we expect to do some good work. 

Our last election resulted as follows : S. J. Cole, W. M.; C. H, 
Tigner, W. S.; B. A. Wise, W. K. K; M. U. Parks, W. S.; E. E* 
Overholt, W. K. A.; W. E. Harman, W. U.; F. G. Corker, Cor. 
From all I can gather the college year will be a fine one. Our 
President, Bro. Hopkins, expects a larger attendance than that 
of last year. Just before commencement we initiated G. P. 
Moore, and a finer or better man is not in our order. He is the 
son of the Latin professor. Dr. J. S. Moore. Alpha Theta made 
the record at commencement that I predicted. We took seven 
medals, beating last year's record. Our talented brother, J. T. 
Dixon, graduated with first honor, and taking the French and 
mathematics medals. We had an Alpha Tau Omega Reception 
on Wednesday night of commencement, which our large and 
powerful chapter carried through with its usual success. The 
Ga. chapters enter upon their brightest year. With hopes for a 
brilliant year for the fraternity, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

P'rank G. Corker, 



Mt. Union Coll., Mt. Union, O. 

Editors Palm : Having been delegated by the brothers to 
write the next chapter letter, we assume the pleasant duty. 

Pleasant because of the marvelous prosperity of our chapter ; 
but sad because it terminates our official career with Ohio Alpha 


Nu. Our chapter was established in Feb. '82. Since then, fifty - 
seven noble Greeks have knocked for admission at the thresh- 
old of her Mystic Temple. These brothers have invariably 
proven themselves true and loyal to the teachings of our noble 
order. The chapter ha5 never been subjected to the humiliation 
of expelling a brother. 

The harmony and good feeling that permeates our entire 
brotherhood has frequently occasioned congratulatory expres- 
sions from members of our sister chapters and from many out- 
side of the Cireek world. 

Men of good class standing are desirable, but we have aimed 
rather to get good fellows, believing that the man who has 
average mental endowment, good moral and social qualities, to- 
gether with good common sense, will make a better frat. man 
than the one of high class standing who lacks all the other qual- 
ities. Since our last report to the Palm we have the pleasure of 
introducing the following new brothers : C. D. Goss, C. S. Goss, 
E. F. Eldridge, L. O. Eldridge, C. L. Burrell and J. E. McKean. 

The fraternity tide is rising at Mt. Union and the **Antis" 
are having a lonely time of it. The college year just closed has 
been the most successful one in the history of our chapter. The 
outlook for the coming year is, indeed, auspicious. The chap- 
ter will have at least a dozen of men with which to begin the 
new year. 

'88 has three as good men as were ever initiated into any 
Greek chapter. Like the great Duke of Wellington, "they 
stand four square to every wind that blows." When the honors 
are distributed, Bros. Earseman, Roberts and Bradshaw will re- 
ceive their full quota. 

Our sixth annual banquet was held at the Barnett House, in 
Canton, Tuesday evening, July 27. The chapter enjoys an en- 
viable reputation for its fine socials and banquets. That the last 
one w^as the most successful, in every particular, no one present 
will deny. It was the society event of the college year. The 
Canton Daily representatives were present during the evening 
and wrote up extended accounts for their several papers. 

We quote the following from the Repository : "Mt. Union Col- 
lege was well represented at the Barnett House, last night, by a 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 177 

large gathering, within the portals of the hotel, of the students 
of that College at the sixth annual banquet of the Alpha Nu 
chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega F'raternity. The banquet, 
with its attendant musical and literary features, was a brilliant 
affair. The spirit of good fellowship, which is so marked a fea- 
ture of college fraternity gatherings of this nature, was predom- 
inant throughout the proceedings, while the large number of fair 
and cultured young ladies present added a charm to the scene 
such as they only can^impart to occasions of this nature. 

"Fifty-five ladies and gentlemen took part in the banquet, and 
they came over to Canton from Mt. Union in a special car at- 
tached to the 5.47 p. M. train. At 7.30 the entire party boarded 
two Lakeside cars, at the Barnett, and rode to Meyer's Lake 
where they spent several hours among the beauties of that pop- 
ular resort, and then returned to the Barnett to enter upon the 
programme of the evening." 

Prof. E. N. Hartshorn accompanied the party as a special 
guest of the Fraternity. It was 5 a. m. when the special car 
reached Mt. Union, after a night of unalloyed pleasure. 


Bro. J. W. Moore, class of '89, will not be in school next year, 
having been elected Supt. of the Washingtonville schools. 

Bro. S. VV. Meliotte was with us at banquet, accompanied by 
his cultured and beautiful bride. They will locate in Colorado. 

Bro. Will Webb, after an absence of two years, will return to 
College next year. 

Bro. J. E. McKean, our last initiate, is a genial fellow and a 
valuable addition to the chapter. He is Supt. of the Navarre 

Bro. A. B. Cooper, one of our charter members, is now man- 
ager and proprietor of extensive iron works at Johnstown, Pa., 
his father having transferred all his property to him prior to his 
death, a few months ago. 

Bro. F. P. Shumaker, class of 'S6, recently received a life cer- 
tificate to teach from the State Board of Examiners. He will 
remain in Mt. Union as Supt. of the public schools. Profes- 
sional duties will not hinder him from doing effective v/ork for 
Alpha Tau Omega. 


Bros. Walker, Billingsly and Bliss were with us at Commence- 
ment. They are the same genial, whole-souled fellows that they 
were in days of yore. These brothers were the bone and sinew 
of Ohio Alpha Nu in the perilous sub-rosa days. 

Bros. Wilson and Cully, of '87, will tackle "the stern realities" 
with the same vim with which they used to venture upon Greek 
roots, et cetera. The former has been elected Supt. of the Min- 
erva schools and the latter of the Dalton schools. Both are 
prominent and responsible positions. 

W. W. Wagner is the name of the unsophisticated Prep, with 
little brain and less sense, who attended the State Prohibition 
Convention at Deleware, O., last June, and entered the oratori- 
cal contest as a representative from Mt. Union and a member of 
the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He never wore the Maltese 
Cross and never will. 

With kindest regards from our chapter to all Alpha Taus, I am 
Fraternally yours, 

H. H. Cully, 



Mt. Union College, Ohio. 
Editors Palm : Our prospects for the present year are assum- 
ing the coiileiir de rose of prosperity and we look forward with 
pleasure to one of the most pleasant and successful years in the 
history of our chapter. As one of the brothers recently remarked 
"The pioneer work of Alpha Tau Omega in Ohio had been done 
and we had come to stay." It is not a question of doubt or spec- 
ulation but a living, active, working reality that will surmount 
all obstacles and grow stronger from the exercise in overcoming 
all difficulties. Quite a number of new students are present and 
although a little fresh, the corroding care of time and the appli- 
cation to the study of Greek roots will remove the alluvial de- 
posit that has settled upon them and the true metal will manifest 
itself. The brothers are actively working, vigilantly watching, 
and ere long we hope to give the goat some autumnal recreation 
in a chance to display his all-persuasive powers in assisting 

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some of the "unwashed" over the mystic wall of secrecy that 
separates the brothers from the vulgar gaze of the aliens. Quite 
a number of the brothers are not present with us at this time. 
Bro. Burrell has charge of the public schools at Wilmot, Bro. 
McKean at Navarre, Bro. Roberts at Edinburgh, Bros. Earseman 
and Douglass at Hanover, Bros. Wilson and Cully, class of '87 
have charge of the schools at Minerva and Dalton. They are 
all in constant communication with some of the Bros., likewise 
some of the sisters and will visit us frequently during the year. 
Although regretting the absence of these able workers we intend 
to do good work and give them a royal welcome when they re- 
turn. The chapter is strong, full of energy and business and is 
determined to make its mark if it is with a pick and shovel. The 
song book is in constant use and ofttimes will the denizens of 
the sober Mt. be roused from sweetest slumber by the hilarious 
brothers discoursing melodious heavenly strains. We feel like 
congratulating the brothers on their interest as manifest lately 
in their desire to know more of the secret work, the Cons, and 
By-Laws and in their diligence to observe it both in letter and 
spirit. They have begun to understand that there is a reality in 
the ties that bind us together in fraternal fellowship. 

We would be doing the brothers an injustice not to mention 
the really elegent banquet at the close of our college year. We 
were conveyed to Canton in a special car on the Ft. W. R. R. 
and met at the depot by carriages and driven to the Hotel Bar- 
nett. A moonlight excursion to Myers' Lake a popular sum- 
mering place was proposed and carried out. After enjoying a 
delightful ride on the steam launch all returned to the Barnett. 
Having donned their banqueting costumes all repaired to the 
commodious parlors and listened to an address of welcome by 
the W. M. and some delightful music by Miss Hallie Fast of 
Pitts., also an address by Senator Hartshorn. Supper was served 
at eleven thirty. The guests to the number of fifty-six, includ- 
ing representatives of the press, sat down to the most elabor- 
ately furnished table that the beautiful city of Canton afforded. 
The menu was such as only the Barnett could have produced. 
The toasts were brilliant, the ladies lovely, the brothers splendid. 
The scene, with its decorations of art, its beauty and chivalry. 


its gorgeous music and ravishing visions of female loveliness, 
beggars all description, and we must leave it to your imagina- 
tion. The customary adjectives used to describe such a re- 
cherche affair as this proved to be, are already worn threadbare, 
so I will not attempt it. In the plainest of plain words it was a 
grand success from beginning to end, and one never to be for- 
gotten by any who participated in its enjoyments. 

In closing up this rambling, loosely connected epistle, I wish 
all the brothers in Alpha Tau Omega a pleasant, successful col- 
lege year, and may our noble order never relax its firm grasp on 
the foundation principles of ''virtue, truth and love," but in the 
words of Burns 

"Within our fair mansion may wayward contention, 

Or withering envy ne'er enter ; 

May secrecy round be the mystical bound, 

And brotherly love be the centre." 

Hoping that this will answer for a letter,- or a substitute for 
one, I remain 

Fraternally Yours, 

C. L. Bradshaw, 



Clarksville, Tenn., Sept. 27th, 1887. 
Editor of Palm. 

Dear Bro.: At a recent meeting of our chapter I was elected 
Correspondent for this term. Believing the letter for October 
Palm due, I will now try to discharge my pleasant duty. The 
University opened on the 8th inst. with a much larger attendance 
than last year. Our chapter was much depressed at losing six 
of her best men last Commencement, but we who returned de- 
termined to put the interest of Alpha Tau Omega foremost in 
our hearts and have increased our number by three noble young 
men, who we are confident will make trustworthy Alpha Tau 
Omegas. Our new initiates are, Ross S. Faxon, Clarksville, 
Tenn., J. B. Frierson, Shelbyville, Tenn., J. T. Leeher, Colum- 
biana, Ala. Bro. Nants, of Tenn. Omega, made a flying visit 
to Clarksville last week, and a few of our chapter had the pleas- 


ure of calling on him and hearing him talk on the great success 
of Alpha Tau Omega at Sewanee. We hope Bro. Nants will 
become a frequent visitor to Clarksville. Bros. Tranick and 
Johnston who graduated last year are now making a tour abroad. 
Bro. Frierson, our distinguished orator, is reading law in Shel- 
byville, Tenn. He came once with his younger brother at the 
opening of the session to see that he was started O. K., and as 
he said, to make the boys a visit, but much to our sorrow we 
did not see much of him, although he was here about ten days. 
It was reported that he spent most of his time about a mile from 
town, at the house of a very prominent lawyer, who has a charm- 
ing daughter. Some think that he and Bro. Ed. Wade, who 
was here at the same time, came on a prospective tour, but as 
for their success we will not say. 

Bros. Owan and Stewart will remain at their homes this year and 
probably return here next session. The places of those who left 
us last year will not be easily filled by brothers this year, although 
Bro. Dave Wade is trying very hard to acquire the reputation 
of **the masher" which was held by Bro. Ed. Wade last year. 
Chandler is gradually coming to the front as "the ladies man," 
while Sanford is the acknowledged "fashion plate." We cannot 
determine definitely what position our new brothers will take, 
so we will report later. 

W'ishing the Palm much success, I am 

Truly yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

Hugh Richardson, 



St. Lawrence Univ., Canton, N. Y.., Sept. 19th, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The pleasant duty of writing the chapter let- 
ter for the first time falls to my lot. Never since Alpha Omi- 
cron was established were her prospects so bright as at the pres- 
ent time. We begin the present college year with thirteen (13) 
active members all alive to the interests of Alpha Tau Omega. 
Ere our next letter to the Palm we will have considerably in- 



creased this number. We are now the leading fraternity in col- 
lege in numbers as well as in other respects. 

We are not behind in college honors this fall, having elected 
our members to all the offices of honor in the **Thelemonthesian 
Society." Last spring the 2d prize in the "Sophomore Con- 
test" and the prize in Parliamentary Practice of the Sophomore 
class, were taken by Bro. Brown. 

We graduated one man last spring, Bro. W. B. McGerry, one 
of the ablest men in the class of '87. 

Our annual reunion and banquet was held at the "Hodskin 
House" last Commencement. It was a complete success and 
brought together nearly all the alumni of Alpha Omicron. A 
splendid time was had by all. May we meet those jolly faces 
frequently in the years to come ! 

We were glad to hear that our sister chapter in Vermont is 
prospering ; and no doubt she will continue to prosper as this 
northern clime is conducive to a vigorous and active life. 

Our last election of officers resulted in the election of Bros. 
M. H. Kinsley, W. M.; C. S. Ferris, W. C; C. H. Brown, W. 
K. E.; W. H. Carr, W. K. A.; Geo. Murray, W. S.; E. A. Thorn- 
ton, W. U.; M. D. Quinn, W. Sen.; W. J. Woods, W. Cor. 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

Wm. J. Woods, 



Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., Sept. 26, 1887. 

Editors Palm : 1 am very sorry to have inconvenienced you 
by the delay of this letter, but as the regular correspondent is 
absent from college at present and as our remaining men have 
been very busy looking after the incoming class, it has been too 
long postponed. 

We are having success in pledging men and hope to take a 
man from "iZ, two from '90 and five or six from '91. 

We are negotiating for a hall in a block which is now in the 
process of erection, and the treasury will be very low until it is 

1887.] CFIAPTER LETTERS. 1 83 

Soon after our chapter was established we received a cordial 
congratulatory letter from the Vermont Alpha of the Phi Delta 
Theta Fraternity, and we feel sure that we have in them a true 

I am sorry to chronicle the fact that Bro. C. W. Sleeper is not 
with us this fall. In him the chapter suffers a severe loss, but 
he has sent a man whom we hope to take to fill his place, and 
we wish him a speedy return. 

Bro. Geo. H. Claflin, '90, took the first prize in mathematics 
last spring, and Bro. F. E. Dodge, '89, is on the honor list for 
meritorious standing in physics for last year. 

We are glad to be within visiting distance of the New York 
Alpha Omicron and wish to thank those Bros, for the kindness 
they have shown, and the aid they have given us. 

Bro. C. S. Ferris write us that there are to be two more chap- 
ters in N. Y. soon. We all say, **let the good work go on." 

Hoping to have our future letters on time I will close with 
God- speed to Alpha Tau Omega. 

Yoiars fraternally, 

F. E. Dodge, 
Correspondent, pro tern. 


Gettysburg, Pa. 

Editors Palm : College has again opened, and with joyful 
hearts the boys have returned to their respective duties. But 
none have been more rejoiced than the band of brothers who 
met in the Alpha Upsilon hall, the first Saturday evening of the 
present term. Love for our brotherhood increases daily, if such 
an increase is possible. 

Every brother was very zealous and we all have done good 
work. On Sept. 24, '87, we initiated two new men, Messrs. 
Axe and McLaughlin, and we feel sure that they will be an 
honor to our chapter and to our Fraternity. They were very 
much impressed by the ceremonies and think, as all do who are 
taken through them, that there can be nothing grander. And 
just here let me say to all worthy Alpha Taus that if they famil- 


iarize themselves with all the Secret Work and the Constitution 
a more intense love will arise for fraternity life. 

Bro. Holzapfel, who shared second honor here last collegiate 
year, has united himself with one of the fair sex who no doubt 
is a faithful Alpha Tau. He is living happily and has accepted 
the professorship of Latin and Mathematics in the institution in 
New Berlin and is principal of it. Bro. Holzapfel has the abil- 
ity, knowledge, prudence and brains for the position and will fill 
it with justice to himself and his pupils. Success to Bro. Holz- 
apfel and a long and happy life. 

Bro. Bateman, who graduated in '87, has also accepted a pro- 
fessorship in Selinsgrove, Pa. We feel the loss of these two 
brothers and wish them all the success and prosperity possibility 
will allow. 

Bro. Steck has made up his mind to study for the ministry 
and will be back to the Seminary this year. We are very glad 
to welcome him to our chapter again. 

Bro. Spangler, who would be in the present Junior class, will 
not return to Pa. College but speaks of going to the University 
of Pa. We all loved him very much and feel very sorry that he 
will not be with us. 

The prospects for our chapter are very brilliant and perhaps we 
will have some very interesting news for the next chapter letter. 

We have eight active members now besides Bro. Prof. Menges, 
whom we have as an old stand by. 

Our officers are as follows : W. S. Lee, W. M.; S. Coffey, W. 
C; R. F. Fetterolf, W. S.; N. E. Yeiser, W. K. A.; Prof. F. 
Menges, W. K. E.; G. A. Kyner, W. U.; and J. C. Reighard, 
W. Sen. 

With best wishes and love in abundance to all the brothers of 
Alpha Tau Omega, we remain 

Yours fraternally, 

W. S. Lee, 


[N. B. We will add an item which modesty forbade our Cor- 
respondent to mention. Bro. W. S. Lee took the first half of 
the "Freshman Prize for best Scholarship" at Commencement. — 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 1 85 


Montgomery, Ala., July 7th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Again does the pleasant duty of communi- 
cating through your columns, to the brothers throughout the 
Alpha Tau Omega realm, the doings of the convention of our 
State Association recently held in Birmingham. I am indeed 
sorry that I am compelled to begin my letter with an apology 
for delay in writing, but sincerely hope that I am, nevertheless, 
"just in the nick of time" to get this in your next issue. As 
early as Wednesday morning, June 22d, the alumni began to 
reach the ''Magic City" by every incoming train, for each that 
rolled in until Friday at noon brought from the different por- 
tions of the State brothers who had come to renew, as it were, 
the happy recollections of their college life and enliven their 
hearts to the noble cause and principles which we advocate and 
are so vigorously striving to advance. On Thursday morning, 
however, the majority of the members of the Association ar- 
rived on the early trains and were met at the large and hand- 
some depot by the reception committee, who escorted them to 
the elegant hall of the Knights of Pythias, which had been 
kindly tendered the Association for the occasion. Upon their 
arrival there the usual routine of handshaking and introductions 
was experienced, after which they were taken in charge by the 
committee appointed to escort the visiting brothers over the 
city in order to point out to them the many places of interest. 
Of the far-famed coal and iron mines of north Alabama, those 
near at hand were visited ; also the iron and coke furnaces, roll- 
ing mills, several suburban towns, among which I feel duty- 
bound to mention "Lakeview," that lovely and celebrated gar- 
den-spot of north Alabama, so beautifully situated in a pictur- 
esque valley. Our sight-seeing expedition was terminated by 
the arrival of dinner time, and, although it was enjoyed by no 
small degree, I can not say that we were sorry that the time 
when we were again to "refresh the inner-man" had arrived, for 
we were, one and all, broken down from the effects of traveling. 

As we were to meet in regular session at 3.30 p. m., we sep- 
arated to dine, some with each of the local brothers. 


Promptly at the appointed time Bro. W. H. Lamar, W. M., 
called the Association to order. There being no "secret work" 
and constitution the usual ceremonies of opening were dispensed 
with. Bro. C. L. Bass, in behalf of the Birmingham brothers 
delivered an address of welcome to the Association in a style 
which was both brilliant and interesting. To this Bro. J. C. 
Carmichael, of Greenville, responded in one of his usual most 
excellent and appropriate addresses. On motion the letter of 
the present scribe, giving in full the proceedings of the meeting 
of the Association of '86, was read and approved. A regular 
order of Business was then instituted. A memorial committee 
was appointed to draft suitable resolutions to the memory of 
two of our deceased brothers, R. L. Matthews, of Beta Beta 
chapter, and , of Alpha Epsilon chapter. A com- 
mittee was appointed to ascertain the names, residences and 
occupations of each brother in this State, also the chapter of 
which he was a member. The object of this work is to make 
additions to the catalogue of the State Association. This com- 
mittee consists of a member of each chapter in the State. Other 
business being transacted, the house adjourned to meet again 
Thursday at 4.30 p. m. Before adjourning, however, the Asso- 
ciation was extended an invitation to attend a grand "compli- 
mentary hop" given by the young men of the "Magic City." 
The "beauty and chivalry" of Alabama was never seen to better 
advantage than it was on that occasion, and withal the evening 
was very much enjoyed by all present. Excellent music and 
beautiful girls added much to the pleasure of the brothers, many 
of whom at a late hour could be seen taking a farewell chat with 
— perhaps a new-found love. 

SECOND day's doings. 

As the W. M. had been called suddenly home by telegram, 
Bro. T. R. McCarty, of Morgansville, acted in his stead. 

The "secret work and constitution" having been received, the 
usual opening ceremonies were held. The reports of the vari- 
ous committees being in order, the chairman of the memorial 
committee read his report which was accepted by the house. 
Upon the adoption of the resolutions of this committee it was 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 1 8/ 

resolved that they should be published in the Palm and a copy 
of the same be sent to each of the families of our deceased 
brothers as a testimonial of the high esteem and fraternal affec- 
tion in which they were held by all of us whose pleasure it was 
to have known them. 

New business being next in order, a place for holding the 
convention of the Association the approaching year was fully dis- 
cussed. The writer in a short speech tendered to the Association 
in behalf of the resident members of our "Capital City" (some of 
whom, by the way, were unable to attend) the welcome and priv- 
ileges of Montgomery if they should select it as the place of meet- 
ing next year. The invitation was accepted by acclamation. 

June 22d, 1888 was fixed as the date of holding said conven- 

The election of officers being next in order the following were 
unanimously elected for the ensuing year: Bro. H. Lamar, St. A. 
W. M., Auburn, Ala.; Bro. T. R. McCarty, St. A. W. C, Midway, 
Ala.; Bro. C. L. Bass, St. A. W. K. E., Birmingham, Ala.; Bro. H. 
A. Jones, St. A. W. K. A., Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Bro. L. B. Farley, St. 
A. W. S., Montgomery, Ala.; Bro. W. K. Terry, St. A. W. Sen., 
Birmingham, Ala.; Bro. C. A. Allen, St. A. W. U., Birmingham, 
Ala. On the Executive Committee were appointed Bros. W. 
W. Pearson and L. B. Farley, Montgomery, Ala.; J. C. Carmi- 
chael, Greenville; R. G. Rivers, Birmingham; J. M. Allen, Mor- 
gansville ; the W. M. being ex officio Chairman of said Com- 

Bro. J. M. Allen in a few fitting words spoke upon the subject 
"Our Palm." He reminded all brothers of the good work be- 
ing yearly accomplished through the Palm, and in words ele- 
gantly chosen demonstrated how favorably the official journal 
of our order compared with those of the other Fraternities, 
though much younger than many of them ; he recalled the ne- 
cessity of all brothers being subscribers to the Palm and equally 
share the burden of its support. 

Bro. J. M. Allen having concluded his speech the W. M. an- 
nounced that we were expected by the Birmingham brothers to 
meet at 9.15 p. m. at ''Pythian Hall" and march in a body to the 
restaurant and partake of the banquet. There being no further 


business the Association adjourned to meet again in June next 
at Montgomery. 

Of course we were all on hand at the appointed time, and fif- 
teen minutes later we took up our "line of march" in columns of 
twos to take by storm, during the early hours of the night the 
unsuspecting table. 

We met upon arriving at the feast hall the Reception Com- 
mittee, who ushered us in ; as we entered we found a table 
which fairly groaned under the burden of so many delicacies. 
There were covers laid for over one hundred guests, including 
representatives of at least six other fraternities and several rep- 
resentatives of the press. 

Bro. T. R. McCarty was honored when requested to act as 
master of ceremonies ; for to preside over such a body might 
well be considered an honor to any one present ; with grace 
and gallantry did the brother chosen perform the dignities of 
his office. The Divine blessing was asked by the brother as 
each man stood behind his chair with head bowed. At the con- 
clusion of the asking of the blessing we took our seats, and then 
it was that the social enjoyment of the hour began. The deli- 
cacies which abounded I dare not attempt to describe; the scene 
beggars description ; no adequate idea of it can be conceived ; 
'twas truly a ''feast of reason and flow of soul." The real, ear- 
nest enjoyment which was kept up until a very late hour had to 
be partaken of to be appreciated. The hours were literally in- 
terspersed with toasts, speeches, bits of the brightest of wit and 

Among the toasts were the following : ''Our Sister Fraterni- 
ties," Bro. J. F. Renfro ; "Kappa Alpha Fraternity," Mr. Wilson, 
of Kappa Alpha ; "Birmingham," Bro. C. A.Allen; "Sigma Nu 
Fraternity," Mr. Robt. McDavid, of Sigma Nu ; "Beta Beta Chap- 
ter Alpha Tau Omega," Bro. F. E. Porter; "Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity," Mr. Clark, of Phi Delta Theta; "The Press," Mr. 
Rhodes, of Birmingham Press; "Beta Delta Chapter," Bro. H. 
A. Jones; Beta Theta Pi Fraternity," Mr. Ward, of Beta Theta 
Pi ; "Our Fraternity Girls," Bro. J. C. Carmichael ; "Alpha Ep- 
silon Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega," Bro. W. K. Terry; "Bir- 
mindiam's Girls," Bro. W. R. Porter; "Our State Militia," Bro. 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 1 89 

L. B. Farley; "Girls in gcna'al,'' Bro. H. A. Jones; 'Our 
Alumni," Bro. C. L. Bass; "The University Drum Corps," Wxo. 
J. A. Mitchell ; "Birmingham's Girls," Bro. Walker Percy; "The 
University of Alabama," Bro. E. D. Reynolds; "Alabama Girls," 
Bro. J. M. Allen. 

It was evident from the speeches of the representatives of the 
other fraternities that Alpha Tau Omega held a tender spot in 
the hearts of each of her sister fraternities, and though her doc- 
trine was in truth unknown to them they could readily see that 
her cause and principles were in every respect worthy of being 
followed ; they also showed that they were cognizant of the pro- 
gress made by our fraternity during the past ten years. 

Much praise is due the Arrangement Committee of the Ban- 
quet for the manner in which they displayed their skill. 

Can one speak in justice of an event when he is "to full for 
utterance?" 1 must admit that I am now "too full" to do jus- 
tice even in a small degree to this heretofore unexcelled event. 

My remark "too full for utterance" compels me to add that 
although wine "flowed as freely as water" there was not one 
among that "multitude" who could apply that quotation to 
themselves, when the drink is taken into consideration. 

Dear Editors, I am pleased to note before closing my letter 
that the Alabama State Association is now in a more flourishing 
condition than ever before, and as time rolls by each year only 
serves as a mile- stone on its road of progress. Yea, we have 
ceased to wave the bloody shirt of inactivity as a banner, and 
have raised in its stead a standard of prosperity upon which are 
inscribed the words, "brotherly love," "morality," and "virtue." 
Most respectfully and fraternally yours, 

Louis B. Farley, W. S.. St. A. 


fki^^j^mi -pB^sQ-M.jii^s, 

— Brother Warren S. Reese (Tenn. Omega), Montgomery, 
Ala., is in Scotland, where he will spend some time studying the 
literature of the country. 

— Brother Edward A. Quintard (Tenn. Omega) is in Wash- 
ington from Mexico. Brother Quintard has the sympathy of all 
Alpha Taus in the sad loss of his little child. 

— Brother Thomas Mason (old Bethel chapter) is Common- 
wealth Attorney for Westmoreland county, (?) Va. 

— Brother Zachary Taylor (Va. Delta), who represented the 
Tenth District of Tenn. in the F'orty-Ninth Congress, has been 
succeeded by brother James Phelan (Ky. Mu), of Memphis, 
Tenn. Bro. Taylor aided in the organization of the D. C. A. 
Association, and Bro. Phelan has already connected himself 

— Brother Hugh S. Thompson (S. C. Alpha Phi), ex-Gov. of 
South Carolina and present Assistant Secretary of the Treasury 
Department at Washington, we are proud to state, is giving uni- 
versal satisfaction, and his appointment is conceded to be one of 
the wisest acts of President Cleveland. 

— Prof. H. N. Felkel, our Editor-in-Chief, has been called to 
the Presidency of the State Normal College of Florida, located 
at DeFinnak Springs. Our exchanges will please take notice 
of this change in Prof. Felkel's address. 

— Bro. James E. Church, Esq. (N. Y. Alpha Omicron, '^'^)y is 
Notary Public and Deputy County Surveyor for Las Animas 
Co., Colo. His address is Springfield, Colo. We quote from 
his letter of Aug. 8th : "The Palm is a very welcome visitor to 
me. You can not realize how disappointed I feel when I find 
no letter from my chapter. It makes me feel ashamed, too, that 
they have not done their duty. As long as we have no direc- 
tory I wish the chapter letters would give more alumni person- 


als. Nothing would 'tickle' me more than to run onto a few 
Alpha Taus in my wanderings." 

— Bros. Don Gilliam, Frank Spruill, and Tom Vance (all of 
N. C- Alpha Delta) have married since our last letter to the 
Palm. Bro. Vance has moved to Seattle, Washington Territory, 
where he is practicing law. 

— Bro. Henry Bryan (N.C. Alpha Delta) is located in Charlotte, 
N. C, in the railroad business. 

—Bro. Herbert W. Jackson (N. C. Alpha Delta) is in the State 
Treasury Department in Raleigh. 

—Bro. Robt. L. Holt (N. C. Alpha Delta) is book-keeper in a 
cotton factory, in Burlington, N. C. 

— Rev. J. D. Chapman (Ga. Alpha Zeta) is located at Milledge- 
ville, Ga. 

— J as. E. Pottle and Jas. D. Howard (Ga. Alpha Beta) are law 
partners at Milledgeville, Ga., and are talking of a new Ga. chap- 
ter of Alpha Tau Omega if a charter can be obtained. 

— Geo. W. Anderson (Va. Delta) spent the summer traveling 
in Europe. He will be on hand at the opening of the Univer- 
sity unless the ship goes under or something. 

— W. E. Hawkins (Ga. Alpha Zeta) has located in Americus, 
Ga. and has entered the business arena of that city. In what 
department of business we are not informed. 

— Rev. E. V. Baldy (Ga. Alpha Zeta) is an assistant pastor of 
the First Baptist church Macon, Ga. 

— B. A. Wise, J. C. Wise and F. W. Clisby (all of Ga. Alpha 
Zeta) spent their summer vacation beholding the wonders of the 
Old World. 

— Walter K. Wheatly (Ga. Alpha Zeta) is pursuing a business 
course in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

— J. R. Terrell (Ga. Alpha Zeta) is an assistant clerk in the 
House of Representatives, Atlanta, Ga. 

— Prof. G. Holzapfel (Pa. Alpha Upsilon) is President and Latin 
professor in the institution at New Berlin, Pa. He was married 
recently, so we hear. 

— Prof. Sidney E. Bateman (Pa. Alpha Upsilon) is teaching in 
Missionary Institute, Selinsgrove, Pa. 


— Andrew Kirk (Mich. Alpha Mu) is at the Vt. Episcopal Insti- 
tute Burlington, Vt. 

— Bro. R. D. Ford (N. Y. Alpha Omicron), has accepted a po- 
sition as instructor in St. Law. University. Bro. E. M. Haley 
(N. Y. Alpha Omicron) has gone to New York city to finish his 
course in the medical college there. Bro. W. B. McGerry (N. 
Y. Alpha Omicron) has accepted a position as Prof, in St. 
Francis College, Wis. 

— Bro. H. B. Chandler (N. Y. Alpha Omicron) leaves soon for 
Springs, L. I., where he has a position as principal of the high 

— Picking up a Washington paper of July i8th, 1887, our eyes 
fell on the following : Miss Jennie Lamar, daughter of the Sec- 
retar}^ of the Interior, will be married to her cousin, Mr, William 
H. Lamar, a young attorney of this city, at the old residence of 
Mrs. Secretary Lamar, in Macon, Ga , on the 21st instant. The 
wedding will be a very quiet affair, and no cards will be issued. 

A week later we notice in a Gettysburg paper a verification 
of the above in these words : The marriage of W. H. Lamar, 
of Washington, to Miss Jennie L., daughter of Secretary Lamar, 
occurred at 8 o'clock on Thursday evening. Rev. C. R. Lamar, 
of Demopolis, Ala., brother to the groom, officiated. The pres- 
ents were costly and numerous, and several were from Wash- 
ington and cabinet officers. 

About the same time we received the following announce- 
ment : "The Secretary of the Interior and Mrs. Lamar, an- 
nounce the marriage of their daughter Jennie Longstreet to 
Mr. William Harmony Lamar on Thursday the twenty-first of 
July, eighteen hundred and eighty seven. Macon, Ga. 

By this time we were positively certain that Bro. W. H. La- 
mar, the hero of the Proteus, the pride of Alpha Tau Omega, 
was married to one of the fairest of American ladies. The 
whole Fraternity unites in wishing the happy couple many 
happy and successful years of life together. 

— J. Randolf Anderson Esq., (Va. Delta) is a rising lawyer in 
Savannah, Ga., and yet has time to give us a good word now 
and then. The following personals were kindly sent us by him : 

— W. W. Owens, Va. Delta, '80, M. D., Univ. Va., '85, is a 


practicinfT physician in this city. He has for a couple of years 
held the position of City Physician for the Eastern District of 
the city, is doing well, and is universally looked upon as one of 
the rising young men of his profession. 

— Col. C. W. Anderson, Va. Alpha, is asst. postmaster at this 

— R. D. A. Wade, Va. Delta, '82, B. L. Columbia Univ., N. 
Y., '85, left here last fall and has settled in Omaha, where his 
shingle now swings in the breeze. 

—A. B. Elliot, Tenn. Omega, Va. Delta, '83, C. E. Univ. of 
the South, Sewanee, Tenn., tried rice planting here for several 
years with some success, but abandoned it last winter and went 
back to his old profession of engineering. He is now on the 
L. & N. Road near Birmingham, Ala. He has recently been 
promoted to the position of draughtsman and receives a fine 
salary. I saw him over there last week and he is the same ge- 
nial, whole-souled fellow as of old. 

—J. Walker Percy, Tenn. Omega, Va. Delta, '84, B. L. Univ. 
Va., '85, is practicing law in Birmingham, and has a fine future 
before him which his abilities will certainly secure. 

— W. A. Percy, Tenn. Omega, Va. Delta, '83, B. L. Univ. Va., 
'84, is a practicing attorney in Memphis, Tenn., and is, I hear, 
doing very well and making a successful career for himself. 


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Brethren, brethren, this Hst ought to cover three pages and 
represent six hundred dollars worth of ''dues," many of which 
have been "dues for two years. Chapter letters speak of their 
chapters being "the brightest in the fraternity, and of their 
members being the ''brightest in college and their alumni as 
meeting with ''brilliant success in business, &c. We don't 
doubt this, but if we could only see and handle some of their 
silvery ''brightness'' it would be a "mighty sight" ''brighter'' 
thing than the Palm has realized from many of her readers 
within the last two years. Don't you think, brethren-in-arrears, 
— we speak with all kindness, — it would be a high compliment 
to your integrity if you would remit the amount due at once? 
The following are friends indeed because friends in need, and we 
thankfully place their names on the roll of honor as those who 
have remitted since our last issue : 

F. A. Berlin, Esq., Jan. i, '88. J. Randolf Anderson, Esq., July i, 
R C.Wise, (Mich. A. M.) Jan. I, '88. '88. 

Florida Alpha Omega, Jan. i, '88. Leonard Marbury, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

J. E. Blackwell, Esq., Jan. i, '88. L. P. McLoud, Esq., Jan. i, 88. 

Robert Archer, Esq., Jan. i, '88. J. F. T. Anderson, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

J. T. Anderson, Esq., Jan. i, '88. W. D. Nesbitt(part of Ga. A. B.), 
A. F. Bishop, Esq., Jan. i, '88. Jan. i, '88. 

Jno. H. Carter, Esq., Jan. i, '88. W. N. Everett, Esq., Jan. i, '89. 

Jas. T. Rugh (Mich. A. M.), Jan. i, Louis B. Farley, Esq., July i, '88. 

'88. Jas. E. Church, Esq., Jan. i, '88. 

F. E. Dodge (Vt. B. Z.), July i, '88. C. H. Brown (N. Y. A. O.), Jan.i, 
Andrew Kirk, Esq., Jan. i, '88. '88. 

"W." N. C. Alpha Eta, Jan. i, '88. 


^ITO'^lAt, PBFJkl^ME:MT, 

The Palm sends greeting to all the brothers in-arms, but more 
especially to those who have been recently admitted into our 
much loved brotherhood. Few of your classmates and fellow 
students have been honored as you have. You have suddenly 
been lifted from comparative obscurity to a position where a 
thousand college-bred men are ready to extend you not only a 
hearty welcome, but implicit trust and confidence in your char- 
acter as a man — a friend — a brother. Your whole future life is 
the object of deep concern by all Alpha Taus. It is as impos- 
sible for the great oak to shrink back into the little acorn from 
which it sprung, as it is for you to sink back into the obscurity 
from which you have been so recently lifted. Few men ever 
stop to think that the reason why they have not become prom- 
inent in the fraternity, lies with themselves. The eyes of your 
fraternity are not closed against true worth and unsullied char- 
acter. If you ever rise to positions of honor and trust in life, 
you rise in full view of all your brothers, and not only so but 
you often rise by the prayers and. best wishes of us all. If how- 
ever you choose to sink into disgrace you sink amid the vain 
regrets and against the earnest pleadings of the whole fraternity. 
Live as you will your brethren are watching your every act, and 
hail with delight your successes and regard with awe and pain 
your failures. 

Live then, my boys, come woe or weal, 

A life that makes your brothers feel 

That you our Principles have learned, 

And not a vow e'er taken spurned. 

Much has been said in Fraternity journals recently about the 
"Loyalty of Alumni." This on the very face of it indicates that 
there are alumni who are disloyal, to their fraternity. To say 


that this is not so would be to tell an untruth. Hence if true 
we should inquire into the reason why it is true, and then try to 
solve the difficulty, or to prevent it. "An ounce of prevention 
is worth a pound of cure" is true to whatever it is applied. 

We can see many reasons why out of over a thousand alumni 
of our fraternity only a limited number are really loyal. One 
reason is because our fraternity is not very old, and in its prim- 
itive stages was not thought to be so large a factor in individual 
college life as it now is, and because it was not a settled, and 
beyond the reason of a doubt, a permanent institution. 

Another reason is because the records in early days were not 
kept as carefully as now, and many when they left their ''Alma 
Mater' to battle with the realities of life were lost to view. And 
when they returned to their college some years after found their 
chapter extinct. 

No means of communication were then had as The Palm now 
offers, consequently it was difficult to maintain an interest for 
any length of time after graduation. 

Furthermore college Faculties as a rule were hostile to frater- 
nities and consequently many chapters held few meetings, and 
as a result had little opportunity to learn the value of frequent 
intercourse and never learned to esteem each other as highly, 
nor was the esteem as lasting as under the free cultivation of 
friendship which chapters now enjoy. For these and other rea- 
sons our alumni were not as much impressed with the lasting 
benefit of our order as our present chapters should be. So then 
many alumni are not loyal because they always were laboring 
under these disadvantages. 

Things have changed, however, and all our chapters are recog- 
nized as essential parts of the institutions at which they are 
located as well as of the society which surrounds them. In 
college communities fraternities are the leading factors of society, 
and while a chapter is neglecting this part of its privileges The 
Palm comes and tells of how other chapters are doing, and this 
nerves them up to their highest endeavors. There is no reason 
why our younger alumni should manifest as much indifference 
to fraternity as they do because they have received a great her- 


itage from our pioneers and have always been placed under most 
auspicrous circumstances. 

Let each chapter see to it that its men are loyal men and then 
they will be a positive help to their fraternity all their days. 

We are sorry to state that because the Kentucky Military 
Institute was closed during the summer we lose from our roll an 
active chapter which was not only for many years in the front 
rank in numbers but also in the character and intelligence of her 
men. They could scarcely help being zealous and loyal when 
we consider the fact that they all read each his own Palm — and 
paid for it too. If ever a chapter closed its career with colors 
flying, and life buoyant, that chapter was Ky. Mu. She has a 
history which reflects honor upon her because on her roll are 
found more loyal Alpha Taus than we w^ould be able to find on 
the roll of almost any chapter in our order. Sixteen men of the 
greatest worth composed the chapter at its last roll call. They 
have scattered now and yet are united by the principles of a 
common fellowship. Their names and addresses are as follows: 

T. Brewer, Magnolia, Arkansas. 

Maj. R. S. Allen, Farmdale, Kentucky. 

J. T. Gray, Farmdale, Kentucky. 

Noel Gaines, Frankfort, Kentucky. 

Dawlton Arnold, Frankfort, Kentucky. 

Robert McKee, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. 

N. Holden, Orlando, Florida. 

A. Spier, Orlando, Florida. 

J. H. Allen, Jr., Orlando, Florida. 

H. McKay, Bardstown, Kentucky. 

G. L. King, Mosley's Bluff, Louisiana. 

H. C. Allen, Rich Hill, Missouri. 

W. Courtney, (address not known). 

H. Neely, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Thomson Hardin, Russelville, Kentucky. 

Maj. G. R. Khnkhard, Mobile, Alabama. 
The readers of the Palm can expect a history of the chapter 
from the pen of Bro. Klinkhard in the near future. The last act 



of the chapter was to present to Ky. Zeta all its Regaha and 

We commend to the members the careful perusal of the first 
article of this number, since it strikes at the root of a most vital 
question. We hope others of our alumni will express their 
opinions through our columns. Brethren, The Palm is your 
journal and we hope you will make use of her pages to the edi- 
fication of her readers and the good of the cause we hold most 

We have had a great many inquiries concerning the **Con- 
gress Photo," which we have been unable to answer because we 
never saw or heard anything of it since Mr. Stewart got the 
money for them. Any light on this subject would be very ac- 
ceptable to the many concerned. Photographers must be most 
mighty slow or crowded in the ''Gate City." 

For various and good reasons we have omitted a number of 
matters which we usually furnish. We hope however what we 
give will be read so carefully as to cause all to '^want no more." 

We want a chapter letter from every chapter for the Dec. No. 
and we want them now, or at least not later than Nov. loth. 
Correspondents, all do your duty for once. All other material 
must be on our table by Nov. loth. 

Everybody please note that the address of your Business Man- 
ager is Dallastown, Pa., and not Gettysburg. 








Worthy Grand Chief — Prof. E. J. Shives, A. M., Tiffin, Ohio. 

Worthy Grand Chaplain—Rt. Rev. C. T. Ouintard, D. D., S. T. D., 
&c., Sewanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Exchequer— M. Luther Horne, Esq., 
AUentown, Pa. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Annals— Prof. W. B. Nauts, A. M., Se- 
wanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Scribe — Walter T. Daniel, Esq., New York City. 

Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook, Chairman^ Elizabeth, N. J. 
Jos. R. Anderson, Jr., Esq., Richmond, Va. 
Prof. N. Wiley Thomas, Ph. D., Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Rev. C. W. Baker, Dallastown, Pa. 
Prof. H. N. Felkel, De Finnak Springs, Fla. 

Hon. W. a. Haygood, lyi Peach Tree St., Atlanta, Ga. 





Virginia Delta — University of Virginia, Va. 

G. W. Anderson, Jr., Cor. 
Virginia Epsilon — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. 

R. W. KiME, Cor. 
Kentucky Zeta— Central University, Richmond, Ky. 

R. W. Miller, Cor. 
District of Columbia Upsilon— Columbian University, Washing- 
ton, D. C. J. C. PuGH, Cor. 
Tennessee Omega — University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 

J. C. Morris, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Beta— University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 

H. Key Milner, Cor. 
North Carolina Alpha-Delta — University of N. C, Chapel Hill, 

N. C. H. L. Miller, Cor. 

Alabama Alpha- Epsilon — Alabama A. & M. College, Auburn, Ala. 

T. D. Samford, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Zeta — Mercer University, Macon, Ga. 

Walter K. Wheatly, Cor. 

North Carolina Alpha- Eta . "W.," Cor. 

Georgia Alpha-Theta— Emory College, Oxford, Ga. 

F. G. Corker, Cor. 
Michigan Alpha-Mu— Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. 

H. R. Stark, Cor. 
Ohio Alpha-Nu — Mt. Union College, Mt. Union, Ohio. 

E. E. Roberts, Cor. 
New York Alpha-Omicron — St. Lawrence University, Canton, 

N. Y. W. J. Woods, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Rho — Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, 

Pa. F. D. Campbell, Cor. 

Tennessee Alpha-Tau — Southwestern Presbyterian University, 

Clarksville, Tenn. H. M. Johnston, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Upsilon — Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, 

Pa. W. S. Lee, Cor. 

South Carolina Alpha-Phi — South Carolina College, Columbia, 

S. C. W. M. Hamer, Cor. 

Ohio Alpha-Psi — Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. 

Victor Y. Smith, Cor. 
Florida Alpha-Omega — University of Florida, Lake City, Fla. 

James C. Getzen, Cor. 
Iowa Beta-Alpha— Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. 

F. E. Worth, Cor. 

Alabama Beta-Beta— Southern University, Greensboro, Ala. 

H. C. Howard, Cor. 

1887.] DIRECTOKV. 201 

Alabama Beta-Delta— University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

J. M. Francls, Cor. 
Louisiana Beta-Kpsilon— Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 

O. N. O. Watts, Cor. 
Vermont Beta-Zeta— University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. 

F. E. Dodge, Cor. 


Alabama — Howard Lamar, (Alabama Alpha-Epsilon), Auburn, Ala., 
Worthy Master. Next annual convention June 22d, 1888, Montgom- 
ery, Ala. 

Georgia— C. P. Steed, (Ga. Alpha-Zeta), Worthy Master. Next an- 
nual convention Feb. 22, 1888, Macon, Ga. 

South Carolina — Theo. M. DuBose, M. D., (Tenn. Omega) Worthy 
Master. Next annual convention Feb. 22nd, 1888, Columbia, S. C. 

Virginia — Leonard Marbury, (D. C. Upsilon) Alexandria, Va., Wor- 
thy Master. 

Kentucky — Guy C. Sibley, (Ky. Mu), Worthy Master. 

North Carolina — W. R. Tucker, Worthy Master. Next annual con- 
vention Nov. 30, 1887, Raleigh, N. C. 

Florida — Geo. L. Drew, Jacksonville, Fla., Worthy Master. Next 
annual convention, May 21st, 1888, Tallehassee. 

Washington (D. C.) — Fairfax Irwin, (Va. Epsilon), Worthy Master. 
Meetings held monthly. 


C|e ^Ijj^a Can #mfga f aim. 

The Alpea Tau Omega Palm is the Ofificial Journal of the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity ; and, as such, its constant aim will be to promote her 
interests in the manner following: 

By affording a vehicle of communication for the General Officers, the 
Chapters and the Alumni ; by collecting and preserving in permanent 
form the annals of the Fraternity, and by disseminating her noble princi- 

While these are pre-eminently the purposes for which the Palm was es- 
tablished, it will also aim to exert a wholesome influence beyond the limits 
of the Fraternity, by habitually striving to inculcate such teachings, and 
only such, as shall tend to purify and elevate mankind in general. 

With a long list of contributors from the ranks of the Fraternity — some 
of whom have attained marked distinction in the various walks of life — 
the Palm can safely promise its patrons that its pages shall always contain 
interesting and profitable reading. 

The Pahn will be issued four times a year. Each number will contain 
not less than sixty octavo pages, and will be printed in clear, distinct type 
and on neat paper, with a view to binding in volumes for preservation. 

The subscription price is fixed at $1.50 per annum, in advance ; price 
of single copies 50 cents. 

Short professional or business cards will be inserted at the rate of ^3 
per annum ; advertisements requinng greater space at proportionately low 
rates, which may be ascertained by application to the undersigned. 

All communications of whatever nature should be addressed to 


Business Manager, 

Dallastown, Pa. 



Rooms I and 4, Post Office Building, 

LOS ANGELES. California. 





PROF. H. N. FELKEL (Fla. A. B.), Editor-in-Chief, 


Howard Lamar, Esq. (Ala. A. E.), Auburn, Ala., 

A. I. Bacheller, Esq. (N. Y. A. O.), New York City, 
Rev. Theo. D. Bratton, (Tenn. ,Q), Sewanee, Tenn., 

J. Frank Wilkes, Esq., (N. C. A. J.), Charlotte, N. C. 

REV. C. W. BAKER (Pa. A. T.), Business Manager, 
dallastown, pa. 




^Ipha Yc^u Omega f aim 

Vol. VII. GETTYSBURG, PA.. DECEMBER, 1887. No. 4. 


A Fraternity Editor, of some little fame, 
Once sat in his sanctum — I think that's the name — 
Looking over some letters which came through the mail 
And had to be answered in every detail. 

One written in haste was eager to know 

Just how accounts stood and how much they owe. 

Some wrote to inquire why the Journal's so late. 

Other's say : "Our Letter'U be sent, please wait." 

Some growling because their name wasn't in 

The "Directory," where surely it ought to have been. 

Other's thinking they're burdened with too many "dues" 

Go off on a tangent that gives him the "blues." 

Thus the Editor passed through the "mill" that day, 

With no recompense except what '•^They say.'''' 

So leaning back in hopeless despair 

He rubbed his face and disheveled his hair 

In trying to think what on earth he should do 

If no money came to pay what was due. 

He thought, and he thought, but no answer came, 

For every last letter was minus the same. 

Just then his "chum" came in at the door 

And said : "What's that lying there on the floor?" 

Whereupon our Editor espied another letter 

Which he hoped would contain something very much better 

Than did all the others he had just received ; 

Fresh hope flashed upon him, but he was deceived, 

For this is what this last note contained, 

And no wonder he wished it away had remained : 

"Please stop my Journal ! I'll take it no more ! 
I'll spend no more money for such useless lore. 
You say I owe you for two years or more, 


It cannot be true" — And to this he swore. 

And that was the end of all that came 

So he took down his books and blackened the name. 

Oh you editors all have such easy times, 
For you make your dollars, while I only dimes 
And everybody pays you so promptly (?) I know 
That you must "go it on tick" if you want to go. 

C. w. B. 


The topic of my talk to-night and the subject which I in- 
tend to discuss, as I know in a very imperfect manner, is the 
question asked of a new member of our noble order by a recent 
initiate into its beauties and sweet mysteries. 

The question of "What good is it to be an Alpha Tau 
Omega," or better, ''What advantages do we derive from our 
membership in this fraternity," was propounded by a new bro- 
ther in all earnestness, in all honesty, with a sincere desire to 
learn and with an evident belief in the existence of such "Goods 
of the Gods," I say this both in justice to himself and to our- 
selves. To us old brothers who with the sickle of experience 
and long membership have been mowing down and transport- 
ing away and storing up in the granaries of our hearts for future 
use the mature and golden grain of an inexhaustible harvest, and 
who with cleared vision survey the vast fields extending out be- 
fore us smilingly clothed in flowers and cereals awaiting your 
hand, such a question rightly appears preposterous and ridicu- 
lous. We are inclined to follow to its very roots the principle 
which actuated such an interrogation and in our own loyalty, 
zeal and enthusiasm imagine that slowly but surely eating its 
way into the heart of the rare and precious exotic designated 
Alpha Tau Omega we can discern the slimy, cankerous worm 
of mocking scorn and in appreciation for our noble God-given 

* Editors Palm : The following piece was read before the Alpha 
Theta chapter Friday night, Nov. ii, 1887. Brother Stewart was one 
of the six to take part in the usual exercises. It was resolved by a 
unanimous vote of the chapter that it be published in the Palm. 

[F. G. Corker, Cor. Ga. Alpha Theta.] 

1887.] WHY AN ALPHA TAU? 209 

order. Such is wrong. After a moment's reflection we will 
clearly see that nothing could be more reasonable and appropri- 
ate. It is the right, privilege, nay, the duty of a human being 
to extract the greatest good from anything which he is happy 
enough to possess. In placing a badge upon a brother's breast 
the doors of the treasure-house of our fraternity are thrown wide 
apart and he is kindly and cordially invited to help himself. 
Shall we complain or offer any objections if before venturing in 
he naturally inquires what they contain ? Rather let us em- 
ploy the mighty expression of a dead Milton, the imagination 
of a Bunyan, the wisdom of. Solomon, the philosophy of Bacon 
and Emerson, the songs of Goethe, Schiller, Spencer, Byron, 
supplemented and supported by the universal genius of Shake- 
speare — let us use all this in painting the treasures therein con- 
tained. The expectations and anticipations thus created will 
be amply satisfied in the realities discovered. In such an at- 
tempted exposition and description words will fail us. Thoughts 
will be born in the mind and must there perish. Love, grati- 
tude, reverence for the principles and constituents of our frater- 
nity must be all inanimate and expressionless. The more deli- 
cate and nobler sensibilities of a man's better nature, which an 
introspective and retrospective glance at our connection with 
Alpha Tau excites, can be presented to you in only common 
prosaic words and faulty sentences. Hoping to compensate for 
the deficiency of merit and excellence by the superabundance 
of honesty and sincerity only one advantage will be given in 
answer to the question, and that is the deeper and more lucid 
insight it gives us into ourselves as men. Company, companion- 
ship is secondary in importance to human beings only to the 
food we consume and the air we breath. Comparison is one of 
the many involuntary feats of the mind and no large number of 
any species or class can be presented to the mind through the 
eye without a discriminating action. In such comparisons the 
most patent peculiarities and distinct characteristics of both ob- 
jects are presented to view and the imperfections of the one can 
be rectified by referring to the perfections of the other. The first 
picture drawn upon canvas must have been rather a crude and 
ludicrous representation. By being placed in juxtaposition with 


some master-piece of the present day its imperfections can be 
more readily discerned and with more faciHty remedied. So in 
our temple of friendship each brother should stand out in bold re- 
lief the painting of his character by the side of some one his su- 
perior, and with ready brush and unflinching eye should lighten 
the dark spots and blot out forever certain faults demonstrated by 
the comparisons. To a person who earnestly and sincerely de- 
sires to elevate himself and to have a like effect upon those with 
whom he may be associated, the golden opportunity is come 
and in this crowded, tobacco-stained, inconvenient little room 
the grandest work of a man's life may be performed — a work 
which with the radiations of its happy results will brighten, illu- 
minate, and change from sorrow to joy the many retrospective 
glances with which we in after life shall scan our college career. 
No one can in treading the vast mountains of life so shape his 
course and manner of traveling as to leave no footprints and by 
these to influence the journey of no one, perhaps unknown, 
plodding wearily on behind. Let us be wise to ourselves and 
to our friends and when a word of warning, advice or admoni- 
tion is needed, let us in the knowledge of what our oath requires 
and in the strength conferred by such an understanding, kindly 
and in a brotherly manner supply the desired word. The one 
to whom such kindness is shown will remember it sometimes 
with gratitude, although at present he may scorn and resent it. 
College life is the happiest portion of our existence. Here we 
have, as it were, doffed the garments of youth and donned the 
attire of young manhood. Here each gives an earnest of what 
his future life will be, and here each forms such connections as 
will materially assist him in gratifying a noble ambition. Under 
the warm sunshine and gentle rain of an Alpha Tau's friendship 
the most barren And forbidding portion of a man's nature be- 
comes fertile and luxuriantly productive, which would otherwise 
remain in its unfruitful, useless state. To understand as well as 
is possible the wonderful advantages derived from our fraternity 
and to rightly appreciate the undying pleasures which we expe- 
rience here, let us blot out in our imaginations the prior, present 
and subsequent existence of such an institution as Alpha Tau 
Omega. Draw the dark curtain of Forgetfulness across the lit- 

1887.] VVHY AN ALPHA TAU ? 21 I 

tie recess of your mind in which most precious recollections are 
preserved, and then for yourself realize through the medium of 
unrealities the beauty and beneficent brightness of that to which 
we are comparatively indifferent. We have just arrived in col- 
lege and at the sight of the happy and friendly greetings between 
old students, our thoughts with wistful regrets return to our lit- 
tle village or country home. All is new. All is strange. There 
is no one waiting to welcome us with the hearty hand- shake and 
kind word. None to whom we can turn for assistance in our 
difficulties and aid in our struggles. No one to relieve the crav- 
ings and yearnings for home ; and worse, none to wield again 
the influence and restraints which characterized it. These old 
walls are silent, and bare except for cobwebs and dust. The 
ringing speeches of exultation and encouragement are now no 
more than the wintry rustle of dead leaves on the campus, and 
the beloved name of ''brother" has become a vague, muttered 
"might have been." The friends we make must of necessity 
be few in number and not to be relied upon in severe trials. 
Friendship is a jewel to which no price has been assigned and 
to which none will be assigned. Its value is beyond the com- 
putation of the human mind. Friday nights bring no pleasant 
anticipations and one is not rendered self-reliant and manly by 
the substantial expression of the confidence, love and support 
of thirty-two brothers bound together by the golden chain of 
Friendship ? The thousand and one little but influential induce- 
ments to make our college career a bright mark on the page 
of life, are all absent, and as a result we drag along slowly and 
sluggishly from year to year, with interest in nothing and hardly 
alive, until at last with a heart-rending sigh we hand over ten 
dollars and receive our "sheepskins." Our departure is unno- 
ticed, is unregretted. No place is left vacant which cannot be 
filled, and upon our nature an unfortunate impression is made 
which can never be eradicated and seeds are sown which will 
yield a harvest to be reaped in sadness and sorrow. On the 
other hand, if the opportunities which this fraternity offers are 
advantageously employed, if the rare materials herein to be 
found are utilized, and if the principles of Alpha Tau Omega 
are made the guiding reins of your future career, not only will 


the topmost round upon the Ladder of Life be attained but from 
that lofty elevation there will be borne to your ears the glad 
tidings of an inheritance to that ''Mansion, not built with hands, 
eternal in the heavens." Joe F. Stewart. 


^ ^^"TSfoBiLEr No\ .' 5 , 1887. 

Editors Palm : On Monday night, May 23, the members of 
the Ky. Mu convened to close the eventful session of 1886-87. 
The chapter was opened by Bro. G. R. Klinkhard acting W. M. 
pro tem. Having gone through the usual business routine, the 
laudable custom of farewell addresses was taken up. Every 
brother is expected to make a speech ; from times immemorial 
this pleasant exercise has been indulged in. All acquitted them- 
selves nobly of the task before them. Sentiments of fraternal 
love, sentiments of lasting friendship, sentiments of merriment 
and allusive jokes floated through the beautiful halls and filled 
our souls with joy, often, however, with pangs of sorrow and 
regret. It was our last night you know, a night never to be 
forgotten, ever to be remembered. We had to part in a few 
days, we had to cling to the parting hand, for the dire feeling, 
oh, farewell for ever, is anguish unmingled and agony pure. 
There are moments in the human life that bring out the delicate 
fibers of the mental elements. The thought that this elegantly 
furnished hall would soon be deserted, that its velvet carpets 
would no longer be pressed by the nimble feet of the Alpha 
Taus, that its silken curtains would never grace again the raised 
platform from which words of love and advice were given, all 
this I say, depressed our minds and made our hearts thrill with 
longings of ''it must not be, it cannot be!' There in a conspicu- 
ous place hung the Charter of Ky. Mu, the pride of our hearts. 
Every new member was placed before that official document, 
every new brother was made aware of the oath of fidelity prom- 
ising to faithfully observ^e all established rules and customs 
Along the walls were scattered the photos of our former broth- 
ers now engaged in the various paths of life, gazing at their 
successors with affection and pride, photos encased in elegant 

188/.] LAST MEETING OF KV. MU. 213 

frames, endearing relics of many by-gone years. Prominent 
above all — the Alpha Tau Omega badge embossed in gold, the 
gift of some fair hand. Richly wrought cloths, embroidered by 
the skillful hands of the late lamented Mrs. Col. Allen, our great 
benefactress, covered the furniture that adorned the hall. Cur- 
tains of delicately shaped fabrics, marked with the monogram 
of the Fraternity, were hiding from view of the curious alien 
the scenes enacted in the temple of Friendship. The Book of 
all Books, reverently reposing on the carpet of the tricolor en- 
circled by the silver cross, seemed to speak words of warning 
and salutary admonition. It was a sad night, the last night 
spent in the Ky. Mu hall of the K. M. I. 

When according to established rule the W. M. pronounced 
the usual formula of the closing exercises and appointed the 
second Monday of Sept. as the day of reunion, there might 
have been read in the eyes of the brothers a thought of doubt 
and disappointment. A silent tear stole over the cheeks of 
many a member. Quietly we left the hall, and returned noise- 
lessly to our quarters. The Ky. Mu chapter is closed forever, 
and its temple of Friendship will never resound with the voices 
of the Alpha Taus. 

"Sixteen men of the greatest worth composed the chapter at 
its last roll call. They are scattered now and yet are united by 
the principles of a common fellowship." — Alpha Tau Omega 

In the name of the dispersed Ky. Mus, Dear Bro. Editor, ac- 
cept my heartfelt thanks for the handsome compliment bestowed 
upon the brothers. We all feel proud that you thought so well 
of us, and if we have not yet attained that degree of eminence 
as portrayed in your delicately-worded notice, we shall strive in 
the future to become worthy Alpha Taus. 

True, we are scattered now, but our hearts are firmly cemented 
by the ties of brotherly love, the barriers of space and time are 
unknown to us. While connected with the K. M. I. I must 
confess that true manliness and gentlemanly bearing could be 
found among our brothers. They stood high in the esteem of 
the faculty, high in the respect of the Supt., and high in the love 
of all the cadets. Col. R. D. Allen, our last worthy Supt., says 



of the Alpha Taus that they never gave him the least cause of 
complaint. _£oL^R^^JD^ Allen's name was the last inscribed on 
the Annals of Ky. Mu. 

Our chapter may be divided into two periods. It existed af- 
ter the war, was discontinued, and reorganized some seven or 
eight years ago. The Institute itself lasted half a century, but 
calamities unforeseen, financial difficulties not so easily to be 
overcome, caused this noble seat of learning to go under with a 
crash. No helping hand was near. The Sigma Alpha Epsilons 
shared the same fate with us ; both chapters were always on the 
friendliest terms. 

In its palmiest days the K. M. I. counted about 200 cadets, 
all boarders. There existed a feature at this school not to be 
found elsewhere, — perfect harmony between teacher and pupil, 
confidence and friendship. We seemed to form one large fam- 
ily. Disrespect and disobedience were names not known there, 
and every cadet was delighted to receive a Maj. in his beautifully 
fitted up quarters. The K. M. I. can boast of having educated 
men of sterling worth, men who made a mark in this world. 
All belonged to the best families, and I can say it with pride 
that our Alpha Taus are not only to the manor born, but are 
also noted for their literary accomplishments. 

I continue corresponding with all our brothers with the ex- 
ception of those whose addresses I was not able to obtain. 
They are doing well, some have gone to college, others staid at 
home, undecided thus far which school to choose. Members of 
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are favoring me with occa- 
sional letters, and all aliens seemed to be still attached to their 
Majors, once their teachers. 

But I must hasten to close. We all feel keenly the sad fate 
that swept the Ky. Mu out of existence. Over us, however, 
there watches an all-wise Providence that shapes and rules our 
destinies. Nations, societies and individuals have their mission 
to perform. As soon as our usefulness is at an end in this world, 
our Heavenly Father calls on others to take up the task left in- 
complete by co-laborers. 

"Omnium versatur urna, 
Serius ocius Sors exitura." 

1887.] OPEN LETTERS. 21 5 

With kindest wishes for your future success and prosperity, I 
remain fraternally, 

Truly yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 
Geo. R. Klinkhard, 

Ex- Correspondent of Ky. Mu. 
108 Government St., Mobile, Ala. 


Brunswick, Ga., Nov. 8, 1887. 
Rev. C. W. Baker, Dallastown, Pa. 

My Dear Brother : Yesterday afternoon Bro. Samuel Atkin- 
son showed me a copy of the Palm for October. Among the 
editorial notes I observed an inquiry concerning the photograph 
of the Congress which assembled in Atlanta in December last. 
The note seemed to me to suggest that Bro. Stewart deserved 
censure because of the delay in delivering copies of the photo- 
graph to members of the Congress. 

I do not understand exactly why the copies have not been 
delivered, because I do not know the nature of the contract with 
the photographer. I know enough, however, to be sure that the 
failure to deliver the copies is chargeable to me. I have failed 
to carry out a contract which I made with Bro. Stewart. This 
is a personal matter, and it is not worth while to explain it. I 
wish it distinctly understood, however, that Bro. Stewart is a 
man of the strictest integrity, and that the failure to deliver the 
copies is not his fault. Let me add that I have written to him 
to day, with the intent, as far as possible, to straighten the mat- 

In justice to myself I beg your attention to the following 
staternent of facts : 

While the Congress was in session in Atlanta I was consider- 
ing a proposition to accept the position of associate editor of 
The Morning News y of Savannah. On the 15th of January I 


accepted the position and at once removed to Savannah, Doubt- 
less letters were sent to me at Atlanta by various brothers, but 
only one ever reached me. I say doubtless letters were sent, for 
I have met one brother who wrote to me but whose letter I 
never received. 

In Savannah my health was extremely bad. Added to this, 
my wife, long an invalid, became perfectly helpless. It became 
necessary for me to resign my position on The Morning News, 
so that I might give her and my children the watchful care they 
needed. 1 brought them here, hoping that the famous artesian 
waters of this city would restore my wife's health. 

In the midst of the cares I have outlined I have had no time 
for matters that would otherwise have received my attention. 
If I have neglected any brother, it was for the reasons I have 
given. If these do not excuse me, I must do as I have had to 
do in the past — bear the burden of being misunderstood as best 
I am able. 

I beg you to give this a place in the next issue of the Palm. 

Fraternally yours, 

A. I. Branham. 

New York, Nov. 6th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It gives me both pleasure and pain to write 
to you now in the character of an alumnus. Pleasure that those 
long years of study, examinations, flunks, &c., are through with, 
and pain that no more will I see around old Ga. Alpha Beta's 
altar the many faces so dear. One who has passed four years 
of college life in a chapter of Alpha Tau Omega knows how he 
learns to love not only the brothers in Alpha Tau but the very 
places most frequented by them, and the thought of the pleas- 
ant hours spent in the chapter hall after meetings — no more to 
be repeated — call forth many a sigh. 

I sometimes sit and gaze into space as if I might picture 
there the form of the distant brothers, or learn their successes 
in life. 

I am glad to know that I am not forgotten entirely by my 
chapter, from the fact that one of the boys sent me a copy of 

1887.] OPEN LETTERS. 21/ 

the Palm. I received it last night, and as it is splendid Sunday 
reading, I have read it through to-day from beginning to end. 
The fact that I had no Palm was not because 1 am not a sub- 
scriber. I have been a constant subscriber since I *'rid the billy." 

I see in the personals that "Howard & Pottle, Attorneys," are 
doing all the business in Milledgeville, Ga. 

I am exceedingly sorry to hear that Bro. Nesbitt, '88, could 
not return to college this year. He was the biggest joint in 
Alpha Beta's backbone and will be a serious loss. I am not 
sure yet as to what business Bro. N. will enter, but am certain 
he will succeed. 

Bro. A. F. Bishop, '84, is taking a course in the Theological 
Seminary at Princeton, N. J. I had the pleasure of a visit from 
him not long since, and also that of a visit to him. 

Bro. R. L. Johnson, '87, is assistant Resident Engineer on the 
Mobile and Birmingham R. R. and is located at Duma's Store, 
Wilcox Co., Ala., for the present. 

I am in New York for the purpose of taking a series of post- 
graduate lectures on mining, at Columbia College School of 
Mines. I will remain only one term, and then return home and 
"look for a job." 

I have had the pleasure of meeting here our W. G. Scr., who 
is as jolly and hearty as ever, also Bro. Louis Blocker, of Fla. 
Alpha Omega. ^Bro. Blocker is studying medicine in the N. Y. 
University Medical College. If any Alpha Taus in New York 
will let me know their whereabouts I will take pleasure in hunt- 
ing them up. And any who come to the city will always find 
me delighted to see them. My room is at No. 45 E. 22nd St. 
If I am not in I will be at the College, 49th St. and 4th Ave. 

Love to all Alpha Taus. 

I am Fraternally, 

H. Key Milner, Ga. Alpha Beta, '87. 




Salem, Va., Nov. 14, 1887. 

Dear Palm : As the coming issue of the Palm nears publi- 
cation, we are forcibly reminded that it is time our letter was on 
the editorial table. 

. There is but little Epsilon news to report, but what there is 
we will simply state and hush up. 

Our chapter has been progressing tolerably well, but on ac- 
count of indifferent material in College it is yet necessarily small. 
Many of the this year's rats aren't any too well blessed with fra- 
ternity qualities, yet, upon a whole, we have done as well as any 
other fraternity here. 

It gives us pleasure to state that into Alpha Tau Omega's fold 
have come two more men of Alpha Tau qualities : Bros. Floyd 
G. Killian, Rockingham Co., Va., and J. Stuart Hanckel, Charles- 
ton, S. C. These Bros, aren't yet to make good Alpha Taus, 
for they have long been that. 

It may be pleasant for our old members to hear that the chap- 
ter was presented with quite a handsome altar spread. In fem- 
inine language, it is just too lovely ! too sweet to be true ! 
Nevertheless it is a solid fact, and what makes the cover so 
beautiful and precious is, that it was presented by two of Nor- 
folk's prettiest ladies. And don't you forget it, they are thor- 
ough, enthusiastic Alpha Taus. 

Fraternities at Roanoke are now on friendly relations, but of 
course during campaigning feeling will occasionally rise. 

Indeed, we were quite sorry to see so few chapter letters in 
the last Palm. Why is this ? Is it possible that Alpha Tau 
love isn't duly cultivated ? Each chapter ought to see that its 
voice is heard in every Palm. We enjoy reading the communi- 
cations from our sister chapters, for they draw us nearer to- 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 219 

gether, give us a common interest, and not unfrequently aid us 
in our work. The Palm is what we make it ; now let us see 
that our duty is duly and Alpha Tauly discharged in this respect. 

It made us sad, very sad, to hear that so fine and well organ- 
ized a chapter as Ky. Mu should die. Let her true loyalty and 
zeal incite every chapter to renewed vigor in our noble work, 
and if it should be our lot to fall, let us do it while fighting in 
the foremost ranks with colors flying. When the next "Con- 
gressional Roll" is called, we hope to hear Ky. Mu answer, 

In this connection, whether appropriate or not, we would say 
that Alpha Tau Omega doesn't christen enough chapters. We 
ought to have more chapters in the west and south-west, and 
this could be easily done if our members, both active and alumni, 
would do their duty, when a good opening is seen. We ought 
to make it our special duty to look up these openings and not 
wait until other fraternities have occupied the best fields. If we 
ever intend to do anything, now is the time. This chapter has 
appointed a committee for one year to help look after this work. 
Let every chapter do the same, and let us see whether we can't 
make this the most prosperous year in the history of our Order.' 

Extending our best wishes for the welfare of each chapter, we 
remain Yours Fraternally, 

Rob. W. Kime, 



Athens, Ga. 

Editors Palm : I have deferred writing my letter till the 
present date that I might the better represent old Alpha Beta's 
prospects for the coming year. They are encouraging. Though 
we lost by graduation and other causes ten fine fellows last year, 
we have, with the exception of the last, the largest number of 
men that our chapter has boasted for more than half a decade. 
We number nine and for pluck, energy and enthusiasm, I will 
put them, man for man, with any chapter of any fraternity. 

In the last issue of the Palm the correspondent of one of our 
sister chapter remarks that '^encouraging reports come from 



Alpha Beta. I am glad to know our boys over there are rous- 
ing from their old state of lethargy." To that correspondent 
and to that chapter I would say, ''look well to thy laurels, lest 
they wither." You stand first in your college and hold an en- ' 
viable position in the eyes of your fraternity, but be mindful of 
this standing, lest Alpha Beta, nourished by the soil prepared, 
and made rich, by her old members, eclipse you in her growth, 
and blossom into such glorious prosperity as to surpass all her 
competitors, whether for position in the fraternity or excellence 
in her men. I may be accused of fanaticism in regard to my 
chapter, but it certainly awakens within me a feeling of pride 
that cannot be repressed when I look over the records of her 
alumni. When I remember that though she is less than ten 
years old, three of the men who were initiated in her hallowed 
halls have established new chapters in as many States, that an 
Alpha Beta's name has been connected with every plan which 
furthered the interest of Alpha Tau Omega in their respective 
stations, and that two of her men have held Grand Offices, I 
cannot but be impressed with the fact, that she has never failed 
to imbue her children with the principles she advocates, nor to 
instil into their hearts a love for the tree of which she is a branch. 

And when I remember that she has been well represented in 
the Legislature of her state, and has sent the Maltese Cross into 
the halls of our National Congress, I will not believe that her 
children have experienced the lack of the energy, and talent, 
that such success would require, or that "lethargy" would im- 

Covered with the glory of such a past, I am confident of her 
future. The standard of the students of Georgia's University is 
too high for material to be lacking, and where such energy, grit 
and surpassing enthusiasm as her active members now exhibit 
are focused upon her dearest interests, the success of their en- 
deavors is but a natural consequence. 

Two men (Campbell Wallace Brumty and Terrell C. Hubert) 
have this year chosen to cast their lots with, and intrust their 
welfare to the guardianship of Alpha Tau Omega, and I have 
every reason to believe that by their example and zeal they will 
not fail to extend the influence of their Fraternity, nor illustrate 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 221 

its principles in their characters. The men we lost last year 
have scattered to the four ends of the earth. 

Bros. Pottle and Howard are making their mark in the legal 
•profession at Milledgeville. 

Bro. Johnson is resident engineer on the Mobile and Birming- 
ham Rail Road. 

Bro. Milner is at Columbia College, N. Y. 

Bro. E. G. Russell is filling his appointment to the Naval 
Academy at Annapolis. 

Bro. Candler has a clerkship with his father in Washington, 

D. C. 

Bro. Nesbitt is taking a course at Moore's Business College, 
in Atlanta. 

Bro. E. L. Thomas is in business with his father at Valdosta. 
Bro. R. L. Meador has commercial interests in Atlanta. 
Bro. W. B. Crawford is running a newspaper at Lincolnton, Ga. 
The result of our last election of officers was as follows : W. 

E. Thomas, W. M.; S. M. Varnadoor, W. C; T. Rem. Craw- 
ford, W. S.; E. J. McCree, W. U.; L. C. Russell, W. Sent; Alex. 
A. Lawrence, W. K. E. and W. K. A. 

Our chapter attended the Piedmont Exposition in a body and 
from the number of Alpha Taus they met conclude that at least 
a half dozen other chapters attended in the same proportion. 
Members of other fraternities were constantly heard to express 
their wonder at the large number of Alpha Taus they saw. I 
consider this both a proof and acknowledgment of our strength 
and superiority in this State. 

For fear that I may lengthen this, my first letter, beyond the 
bounds of propriety I w^ill close. With love from my chapter 
to all the brothers, 1 am 

Yours in the bonds, etc., 

Alex. A. Lawrence, 



A. & M. College, Auburn, Ala., Nov. 7th, 1887. 
Editors Palm : At the opening of the session, Bro. B. M. 
Bishop was appointed Correspondent; but, unfortunately for 



the chapter, he left college about two weeks since to engage in 
business at his old home, Athens, Ga. So I have been hastily 
appointed to try and fill his place, and, as the lOth inst is draw- 
ing near, I am reminded that Ala. Alpha Epsilon must not fail 
for a report. So much for explanation. 

We opened Sept. 17th with fifteen solid Alpha Taus and since 
that time have initiated eight brothers, good and true. I intro- 
duce with pleasure to the Fraternity, Bros. R. L. Bennett, H. A. 
Lang, R. H. Poole, P. W. Terry, G. W. Emory, E. H. Pritchett, 
W. G. Cook and B. F. Harwood. The roll of the chapter is as 
follows : Post-Graduates and Assistants in College : V. L. Allen, 
Montgomery, Ala., and E. R. Lloyd, VV. H. Newman and C. H. 
Ross, Auburn ; Seniors : T. D. Samford, Opelika, Ala., E. C. 
Macartney, Mobile, Ala., A. F. Cory, Mulberry, Ala., and J. H. 
Drake, Jr., and R. L. Bennett, Auburn ; Juniors: P. L. Hutch- 
inson, Chipley, Ga., and F. H. Vernon, Cusseta, Ala.; Sopho- 
mores : F. D. Milstead, Tallassee, Ala., C. T. Thorington, Mont- 
gomery, Ala., Jno. Milton, Marianna, Fla., R. H. Poole, Doug- 
lasville, Ga., G. W. Emory, Opelika, Ala.; E. H. Pritchett and 
W. G. Cook, Hayneville, Ala., and H. A. Lang and P. W. Terry, 
Birmingham, Ala.; P'reshman: B. F. Harwood, Uniontown, Ala. 

At the first regular meeting the following officers were elected: 
T. D. Samford, W. M.; A. F. Cory, W. C; J. H. Drake, Jr.,W. 
K. E.; R. H. Poole, W. K. A.; P. L. Hutchinson, W. Scr.; Jno. 
Milton, W. U.; P. W. Terry, W. Sen. 

At the recent appointment of officers in the corps. Alpha 
Taus came in for a full share, receiving more than any other 
fraternity. Though the brothers are thus honored in a physical 
way, their intellectual standing is far above mediocrity. During 
the last month their grades were creditable and several were 
among the best in all classes. Bros. Samford, Cory and Bennett 
were elected as three out of four debaters in the approaching 
November contest between the literary societies. The first is 
also captain of the College foot-ball eleven and catcher on the 
base-ball nine. Amid all these honors, though not a new man 
at school, he is truly ''happy!' 

We regret the loss of Bro. B S. Burton, who was an assistant 
chemist in the State Laborator>^ He has accepted a lucrative po- 

188/.] CHAPTER I.ETTEkS. 223 

sition in the same capacity on a large sugar plantation in La. He 
may, however, return to his former place after Christmas. Bro. 
L. F. Howell, a graduate of 'S6, was with us several weeks since 
and cheered the boys with kind words of counsel and encourage- 
ment. We do not at all wonder why the sand(^er)s near his 
Alma Mater should be more inviting to him than any others he 
has ever seen. "Lawson" is making a success of farming at 
Valdosta, Ga. Bro. T. P. Zellars paid us a visit last week, and, 
judging from appearances, he has made a considerable rise. 
''Pete" is, however, the same jolly fellow he was in the palmy 
days of '85 and '86. He is engaged in the hardware business 
with his father at Palmetto, Ga. Bro. W. T. Staten, a Sopho- 
more of last year, paid a visit to Auburn in October, but whether 
it was to the fraternity or to "some one" else we have never 
found out ; suffice it to say, he was much harri{s)ed by some- 
thing. ''Tom" may return to college after Christmas. Bro. 
Andrew Van Antwerp, a Freshman of '86, came to put his two 
brothers in college, and we were certain he would also join. 
But we were doomed to disappointment. The whirl of business 
life was more attractive to our modest young brother than the 
routine of a college course. He is at work in his father's drug 
store in Mobile, Ala. Bro. Geo. A. Garden, a graduate of "^2 
and one of the charter members, was with us at our last regular 
meeting and spoke some kind words for our encouragement and 

Fraternities, of which there are four here, are vigorous and 
active. In point of numbers they stand as follows : Alpha Tau 
Omega, 21; Phi Delta Theta, 18; Kappa Alpha, 16; Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon, 10. Never was there better feeling among these 
organizations than at present and the session promises to be free 
from fraternity bickerings. The Kappa Alphas have purchased 
and are nicely fitting up a two- story brick building for their 
chapter. The Sigma Alpha Epsilons have a subscription started 
for money to erect a hall. The question of a chapter house for 
Alpha Tau Omega is being vigorously discussed and a project 
for a building may soon be set on foot. 

At great dinners, the best is always kept for the last ; and in 
these bits of gossips I would write of not the least phase in our 


college life. I mean the society of our girls. It is they who 
shed sunshine into our hearts and cast a radiant bow of hope 
over our spirits. It is their portion to comfort and cheer the 
lagging, to impart life to the weary and to raise up the depressed. 
It is their joy to give gladness and to turn our lives from cheer- 
less duties to brighter and nobler efforts and aims. Ala. Alpha 
Epsilon honors its sisters, for it is convinced no chapter can 
boast of a truer set. Some are away teaching and some are at 
school, but we still remember them as among us. Even after 
we as students 

"Shall fold our tents, like the Arabs, 
And as silently steal away," 

we shall hold in conscious memory the names and faces of those 
who in Auburn, made our college life brighter and our work in 
after life clearer. 

Fraternally yours, 

Chas. H. Ross, 



Oxford, Ga., Nov. ii, 1887. 

Editors Palm : This year is the culmination of Alpha Theta's 
power and influence. No parallel of success can be found upon 
the annals of the fraternity's history. The Beta Beta chapter 
at Greensboro, Ala., comes nearer to it than any other. The 
chapter will be eight years old in May '88. She has had strong 
fraternities to contend with, but guided by talented men who 
love her, she stands to-day upon the proudest eminence of suc- 

Since October 12, '87, the chapter has initiated ten men — 
Frank Hill, Greenville, Ga., C. Culpepper, Lutherville, Ga., H. 
Godwin, Arlington, Tenn., R. N. Berrien, Jr., Waynesboro, Ga., 
C. B. Huiet, Columbia, S. C, R. R. Hogue, Washington, Ga., 
Louis Brown, Lawrence Gray, Fort Valley, Ga., E. F. Jones, 
Herndon, Ga., and C. Huntingdon, Americus, Ga. 

The Phi Delta Theta fraternity has twenty-five men, Chi Phi 
has twenty, the other fraternities varying from fifteen down. 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 225 

Alpha Tau Omega has an active membership of thirty-two men. 
We challenge comparison with any other fraternity upon the 
collegiate, social, and intellectual stand of our members. 

Bros. L. P. McLoud, L. B. Robeson, and W. L. Hou.ser, old 
Alpha Theta boys, paid the chapter a visit during the Piedmont 
Exposition. These brothers took a noble part in making the 
foundation of this chapter. We understand that brothers Pottle 
and Howard are contemplating establishing a new chapter of 
Alpha Tau Omega in Georgia. They have this chapter's earn- 
est sanction and good wishes. We welcome the new chapter at 
Delaware, Ohio, and wish it a long career of usefulness and 
prosperity. That state ought to be filled up for the Congress 
of '88. This should be a year of unexampled activity in the 
fraternity. Alpha Tau Omega should have chapters in every 
state in the Union. 

Eight of our men will take diplomas in June. Our other Ga. 
chapters send in encouraging reports. We Ga. chapters take 
great interest in each others success. The fraternity system is 
so arranged in Ga. that if one of our chapters should die, of 
which there is not the slightest prospect, it would seriously de- 
tract from the success of the others. 

The session of '87-88 will be a bright one for Alpha Theta. 
Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

P'rank G. Corker, 



Mt. Union College, Nov. ii, 1887. 
Editors Palm : The Fall term of M. U. C. is about to close, 
and with it we close a very heavy and successful term's work for 
Ohio Alpha Nu, which but fulfills the predictions of oi5r last 
correspondent. As a result of some of this work, we are happy 
to introduce to you five new brothers, namely, E. W. Forsyth, 
J. H. Davis, J. W. Brown, L. S. Miley, and W. C. Taylor. These 
men have proved themselves, by their gentlemanly conduct and 
good scholarship, to be men worthy to wear the Maltese cross, 
and competent to understand the underlying principles of fra- 
ternity life. 


Bro. Davis is an alumnus of this college, having graduated in 
the class of '82, the year in which this chapter was founded, and 
is at present employed in the Signal Service Department at 
Washington, D. C. After the initiation, our new brother kindly 
invited us to an oyster supper. While enjoying the molluscous 
bivalve and making the air to tremble with college songs and 
merry laughter, we were informed that a new chapter of Alpha 
Tau was established at Delaware, O., in the Ohio Wesleyan 
University that evening. Adjectives failed to express our joy. 
The only regret we had was that we did not get the news in 
time to send our delegate, brother Bradshaw, to help organize it. 

The matter of furnishing our hall in a better style, has been 
worked upon this term, and we now have a neat and pleasant 
room in which to hold our meetings. 

Most of our boys have gone home or gone out to see some 
of the brothers who are teaching, but before the Winter term 
opens they will be back and at work. In the October Palm we 
notice that there is an unusual interest taken in extending the 
fraternity either in the way of getting new men or in establish- 
ing new chapters. We are glad to see this and are anxiously 
awaiting the results of such glowing prospects. More chapters 
are needed in the north to do efficient work, and when the next 
congress convenes, at Springfield, O., it is hoped that such an 
influence will go forth as to incite the northern chapters to 
work with increased zeal and energy. 

With best wishes to Palm, I remain 

Yours in Alpha Tau. 

J. A. Light V, 



St. Lawrence Univ , Canton, N. Y., Nov. 9th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Time rolls on, and scarcely before we are 
aware of it, the next chapter letter is due. But it is a pleasant 
task, for in each letter we give a brief account of the progress, 
hopes and fears of one of Alpha Tau Omega's children. 

Well, x\lpha Omicron still pursues the even tenor of her way 

1887.] CHAPTEK LEITEKS. 22/ 

with slight variations. Wc have kept our promise made in the 
last letter to the Palm, and have succeeded in initiating four 
good men who, catching the spirit, have become enthusiastic 
Alpha Taus. We take pleasure in introducing to the fraternity 
Bros. Thomas Woods, Walter Andrews, Jknj. A. Sawyer, and 
James Dullea. We are all hard at work, but always find time 
on Saturday night to gather in our mystic circle around our 
chapter fire where fond memories are formed that will give us 
pleasure in future years. 

But if man would live he must eat; we held our usual term's 
banquet a short time ago. As of old, it was also an intellectual 
feast, and several of our alumni were present and contributed • 
their share to the general good time. 

We have been constantly improving our chapter hall until it 
has surpassed all former expectations, and is now a most invit- 
ing place of friendship. 

A college paper has been started here. It is a monthly, and 
each fraternity is allowed two editors on condition of each pro- 
curing twenty-five subscribers. Bros. Ferris and Brown have 
been chosen to represent our chapter. 

Alpha Omicron is rejoiced at the birth of our new chapter at 
Delaware, Ohio, and wishes her a long and prosperous existence. 

Bro. C. S. Giffin, '86, has accepted the position of principal of 
the Patterson High School. Success to "Gif.!" 

A word in conclusion : While all we Alpha Taus drink in 
draughts of pleasure from the news of the Palm we should, in 
generosity or at least in justice, not forget to send a few drafts 
to those who furnish the source of our pleasure — the editors of 
the Palm. What Alpha Tau, when he thinks it over, will not 
heed the appeals of the editors which well might have been im- 
perative commands! Let us support the Palm, and long, may 
she wave ! 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

W. Woods, 




Clarksville, Tenn., Nov. 9th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : It is with great pleasure that 1 again make 
known to the fraternity the news of our chapter. Since the last 
letter was written, incidents have occurred which will not soon 
be forgotten. 

In this letter I take great pleasure in introducing to all the 
brethren Henry S. Going and Horace P. Hawkins, of Birming- 
ham, Ala., and W. "Coming" Johnson, of Memphis, Tenn., as 
being young men whom we deemed worthy to wear the Mal- 
tese cross. Tenn. Alpha Tau, though only ten in number this 
year, has made progress which in former years was unknown. 

Our boys, seemingly enthused with more zeal, have fitted up a 
beautiful chapter room, costing about $2^,0. We will christen the 
'•pride of our heart" to-morrow night, with ceremonies fitted for 
the occasion. We wish that we could have some of our neigh- 
boring brothers with us on this glorious occasion. 

A few of our alumni were very liberal in sending contribu- 
tions for the new room, showing that they still cherish a love for 
Tenn. Alpha Tau. Our girls fully sustained their reputation in 
being true to Alpha Tau by coming forward with beauties and 
novelties of their own handiwork, with which they decorated 
our temple. 

But amid all this rejoicing there is a vacant seat around our 
altar, which brings sorrow to every heart. Brother Sanford, 
who for the last year has shown himself to be a true and devo- 
ted Alpha Tau, was compelled to leave us on account of sick- 
ness a few days ago. There are many pleasant memories at- 
tached to Allan's connection with this chapter, and it is with sad 
* heart and tearful eye we give him up. Many of the boys are 
now busily engaged with their Intermediate Orations. Tenn. 
Alpha Tau will be well represented in the number. We have 
recently received letters from several of our alumni, who seem to 
be doing very well. Bro. T. W. Gregory, 83, as we prophesied, is 
making his mark at the bar in Austin, Texas. Bro. Lee Rich- 
ardson, Jr., '85, seems to be running the hardware business in 

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Vicksburg, Miss. Bro. S. W. Maytuly, '84, is in Kansas. Hro. 
H. M. Johnston, '87, is studying in Germany. 

Our last election resulted as follows : S. E. Chandler, W. M.; 
Hugh Richardson, VV. C; J. B. Frierson, W. S.; R. S. Faxon, 
W. K. E.; D. S. Bloch, W. K. A.; H. S. Going, W. U.; D. R. 
Wade, W. Sent. "Thermopylae," Worthy Firemaker. Bros. 
Johnson, Hawkins and Leeper form the crescent. 

Fraternally yours, 

Hugh Richardson, 



Gettysburg, Pa. 

Editors Palm : Never before did I take up my pen to write a 
chapter letter with so much delight as now. Our chapter is 
now in a more prosperous condition than it ever knew. We 
have added some new articles of furniture to our hall which now 
looks as cozy and rich and enticing as a Vanderbilt's parlor. 
All the brothers take great delight in it and by their earnestness, 
enthusiasm and cooperation in her support and welfare abun- 
dantly manifest their love for Alpha Tau Omega. 

When we take a retrospective view of our chapter from the 
beginning of the last term of collegiate year '^'j and the first of 
'88, we can but "rejoice and be glad." During that period we 
were gloomy and cast down in spirits,' every one feeling that it 
truly was going wrong with us. 

When we came back this term we were a small band of seven, 
of whom Bro. Prof. Menges is an unactive active member. Our 
hall appeared empty ; our meetings, though made as interesting 
as possible under the circumstances, still felt a lack of something 

But such is not the nature of Alpha Taus. We cast off the 
cold, clammy bonds of inactivity and despair and blew into a 
flame the spark of enthusiasm and lofty resolve. Our chapter 
soon resembled a bee-hive in activity and hum. Our efforts 
were soon rewarded by the initiations of Bros. Axe and Mc- 



These were but fuel to the flame which now leaped higher 
and higher and soon its tongues surrounded Bro. Wagner, who 
was soon consumed by its all persuading powers. Thus three 
new members were added. 

As with the number three success is associated, we thought 
we had attained the hight of our ambition. Our victories and 
successes, however, were not to end there. We went beyond 
and in a short time we initiated Bros. Wible, Frontz and Mul- 
lin, making an even half dozen within two months. 

It might be thought that here we should have ceased but the 
culminating victory was. yet to come. The last gentleman we 
initiated was hard pressed on all sides. Other fraternities 
wanted him badly but it was Alpha Tau Omega which again 
cast aside the bonds of opposition and enfolded within her 
loving embrace the long sought for prize, namely, Bro. Speck, 
who is not only an honor to us as a true and worthy man but 
as a very handsome one, which can also be said with truth about 
all the others. 

So I say that after a review of the preceding history of our 
chapter we indeed have cause to rejoice. Seven denotes per- 
fection ; and our work is perfect indeed. We have not only 
obtained the cream of the eligible men, but the very richest part 
of the cream. One of our brothers has jokingly remarked that 
initiations are a regular part of our programme. 

And now, wreathed with laurel and equipped with all the 
gaudy habiliments of our victories, we march through the tri- 
umphal arches of success to the shrine of Alpha Tau Omega, 
there to taste of the sweets of our fraternal relation. 

Our officers are as follows : R. F. Fetterolf, W. M.; S. Coffey, 
W. C; Prof. F. Menges, W. K. E.; W. Wagner, W. K. A.; C. 
P. R. McLaughlin, W. S.; G. A. Kyner, W. U.; J. M. Axe, W. 
Sen.; W. S. Lee, W. Cor. 

The number of members in College and Preparatory is four- 
teen, in Seminary five, and with Bros. Prof. F. Menges and W. 
S. Schroder the total is twenty-one. 

With love to all Alpha Taus, I remain 

Yours Fraternally, 

W. S. Lee, 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 23 1 


Editors Palm: Since sending my chapter letter I have dis- 
covered that I omitted to state that Bro. Spangler, of the Junior 
class, has returned to Pa. College and was received by us with 
feelings of great joy, for this brother is held in high esteem by 
his chapter. 

I also wish to state that we received a visit from Bro. J. F. 
Wilkes, of Charlotte, N. C, which we all appreciated very much, 
and which he also enjoyed. He made himself at home among 
us, because we received him as if he were one of us, which he 
certainly is. He abode with us but a day, coming here in the 
afternoon of Oct. 22nd and leaving at noon of Oct. 23d. He 
was directed to the room of R. F. Fetterolf, our W. M., and 
there he held his levee. By chance or good fortune nearly all 
the Alpha Upsilon boys were in the building and they had the 
pleasure of being introduced to Bro. Wilkes, who entertained 
us for a couple of hours with his pleasant, agreeable and instruc- 
tive conversation. 

Our newly initiated brothers now say that they would not 
under any circumstances be anything but Alpha Taus. Such 
is the impression an active, loyal and warm hearted brother can 
make. The Alpha Tau Omega P>aternity possesses no truer 
member than Bro. Wilkes. Alpha Taus, meet him all who can! 
Yours Fraternally, 

WiLLLAM S. Lee, 



S. C. College, Columbia, S. C, Nov. i, '%'j. 

Editors Palm : In beginning my late communication I ask 
the privilege of inditing a few lines to the memory of one of 
our most noble order, whom God has seen fit to transplant in 
another sphere. 

James McNair Alford, son of the late Dr. James Alford, was 
born at Bennettsville, S. C, March the 7th, 1869, and died near 
Blenheim, July 19th, 1887, after an illness of only a few weeks. 
In his early training he had the all-important advantage of being 


reared under the influence of a most devoted Christian mother, 
who laid the foundation of those high principles which are com- 
bined in the formation of the character and disposition of a true, 
high toned gentleman. 

Never did a more noble, upright heart beat within a human 
breast, thus diffusing throughout his system the genial flow of 
fraternal affection, together with unusual maternal devotion. 

Bro. Alford was initiated into our most noble brotherhood, 
May 3d, 1886, and never have we conferred tl:ie honor of bear- 
ing the Maltese Cross on a more noble, faithful and congenial 
companion. He was ever ready to make any sacrifice of time 
or pleasure for the promotion of our most dearly valued princi- 
ples. He took a delight in performing any fraternity duties that 
might devolve upon him. He was possessed of a spirit and 
congeniality of disposition which won for him the highest es- 
teem of his fellow students, as well as those mental endowments 
which ranked him among the first of his class and won for him 
the esteem of his several Professors. He is missed very much 
at our regular meetings, and, while we sadly realize our loss, it 
becomes our duty to bow humbly to the will of our infinite 

We opened this year under somewhat adverse circumstances, 
owing to the loss of some of our most useful, being well versed 
in fraternity workings, members, who were enlisted among the 
graduates of last year. We opened with seven good men and 
have since made two initiates, Johnson and McDow — the latter 
being an own cousin of the originator of our chapter, Thos. F. 
McDow, whose memory we cherish with fondness and whose 
presence is ever more than welcome. This makes us nine in num- 
ber. We are looking after some others and hope to secure them. 

We were glad to hear that D. C. Upsilon sanctioned Alpha 
Phi's good judgment in securing the membership of such a man 
as Bro. Waddy Thompson, and he will be a noble acquisition 
to any association, being not only a very enthusiastic Alpha 
Tau but well versed in all fraternity transactions. Alpha Phi 
wishes her prodigal son much success and trusts that he may be 
quite free from any "subjective" maladies. Bro. Thompson has 
a young lady cousin who, I rejoice to say, claims to be an en- 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 233 

thusiastic Alpha Tau and reflects quite an honor upon our order. 
She says she was apprised of our grip while in Washington, 
and in proving to me that she did know it, she came just near 
enough to it to entirely miss it. Ah ! brother Pugh some body 
deserves credit for completing our constant endeavors. I think 
our chapter will have to badge tills lovely follower and make 
known to her our many seeming mysteries. I will take a special 
delight in introducing any brother Alpha Tau to this charming 
"sister" of ours, if they will be so complimentary as to honor 
us with a visit. 

At our election the following was filed as a result: W. M. 
Hamer, W. M.; W. W. Johnson, W. C; D. H. Hanckel, W. K. 
E.; E. C. McGregor, W. K. A.; W. A. Edwards, VV. Sc; Theo. 
C. Smith, W. Sen.; Wm. Butler, Jr., W. U. 

Our men seem to be taking their usual good stand in college 
and the societies. We now have the President and Vice Presi- 
dent of the Euphradian Society. Out of four class Presidents 
elected we are represented to the extent of three. The presid- 
ing officer for the public contest between the two societies in 
December was chosen from our fraternity. 

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter here are making active 
preparations for their congress, to be held in this city on 1 5th 
of Dec. next. 

We certainly hope to have a successful meeting of our Alumni 
Association in February. We have a very complimentary num- 
ber of members in this state and there is no reason why we 
should not have a most progressive association if our boys will 
only work together like duty binds us to do. I don't know our 
W. M.'s (Bro. Dubose) address or I would write to him and see 
if we cannot begin work immediately. We want to do some- 
thing like our loyal Alabama, Florida, &c., boys. 

Of course we were proud to hear of the organization of a new 
chapter of our fraternity and hope they will prove themselves 
worthy of wearing our colors and show their loyalty through 
the columns of the Palm. 

I am sorry so many of our brothers show so little interest in 
the progress of the Palm by allowing their subscriptions to ex- 
pire. The Palm is our fraternal organ and our circulating me- 


dium so let us all see that our names are not dropped. .Wishing 
the fraternity unbounded progress, I am 

Yours in Alpha Tau Omega, 

W. M. Hamer, 



Springfield, O. 

Editors Palm : Your notice to the effect that our chapter 
letter was due, was received some little time ago. 

As an excuse for our delay in sending it, I would state that 
we awaited the result of our efforts to increase our number of 
chapters in Ohio. Grandly have we succeeded, for last Friday 
evening, Oct. — , several of us were called to the Ohio Wesley- 
an University, at Delaware, for the purpose of initiating into the 
fraternity four young men, selected and won over to our cause 
by Bro. H. C. Phillips. Brother Phillips was a charter member 
of Alpha Psi. He left Wittenberg and went to Delaware, where 
by his sterling worth and the true manliness he displayed, by 
remaining firm to his chosen fraternity, he attained such a posi- 
tion among his fellow-students as enabled him to gain four 
young men well worthy the wearing of the Maltese cross and 
the promulgating of the sacred principles of our noble brother- 
hood. The men composing the chapter are, B. L. Smith, cor- 
respondent, F. A. Tate, — Huffman and — Richards. 

As to ourselves, we lost quite a number of our men last year, 
two of whom graduated. We start out with but six men. We 
have pledged one of the best new students and have good 
chances on several others. On the whole, I would say we are 
in a good condition. One of our rivals, however, claimed that 
we were dead and were about to surrender our charter. Since 
this statement was made "our friends?" have been forced to the 
conclusion that we are rather a lively corpse. 

After giving a few personals I will close. 

Bro. Krout, of '87, is "teaching the young idea how to shoot" 
at Plattsburg, Ohio. 

Bro. Samne, of '87, is now teaching in the Preparatory De- 
partment at Wittenberg. 

188/.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 235 

Bro. B. F. Taylor, of '86, is, according; to last reports, enjoy- 
ing himself in California, 

Bro. A. S. Clarke holds the position of "pen pusher" on one 
of our most prosperous daily papers. 

Bro. Driscol is in town, at present living off his father, but 
expecting to depart for the west in the near future. 
Bro. Ray is attending Business College in the city. 
Hoping this may reach you in time for publication, I remain 

Yours in the Bonds. 

V. Y. Smith, 



University of Florida, Lake City, Fla., Nov. 12, '87. 

Editors Palm : The University having again opened, the 
boys with rejoicing hearts having returned to their duties of 
college life, we have resumed our work, each and every one, in 
the true interests and welfare of this grand fraternity, and to 
raise Alpha Omega, although young, to that point which it de- 
serves; and I having been elected or rather appointed corre- 
spondent, will proceed to give you a few, but will not say inter- 
esting items ; as it is the duty which every chapter should per- 
form, thereby letting each hear how the others are prospering. 

Your humble correspondent,. together with the rest of Alpha 
Omega's boys, express our deepest regret at not being able to 
be represented in the last Palm, but when we look back and ask 
"whose fault was it?" we will be compelled to say, ''none other 
than our own." 

We were sorry not to have the pleasure of seeing, as well as 
the assistance of only six of our little Band of Hope, but still 
are glad to say that out of our membership of eight, we have 
six left, only losing two, and of those two, Bros. Chalker and 
Stevens, we will and can say with pleasure that each holds a sa- 
cred seat in our respect and love, as by dear old Omega's ties 
we had grown to be true and devoted brothers ; now parted, when 
to meet again we know not. But we earnestly hope that each 
will illustrate in his life, those true and manly principles symbol- 
ized by the Maltese cross which each wears upon his breast, and 


that in their duties of public Hfe they will not forget the need of 
the fraternity, especally Alpha Omega. 

Our officers are the same as of yore — having so faithfully 
performed their duties were re-electegl, some being compelled 
on account of our fewness to hold two separate offices. 

Not having a letter in the last Palm, whereby we could have 
mentioned the initiation of Bro. T. E. Getzen, although he was 
initiated and "rode the goat" last June, I will now by this means 
with pleasure introduce him to all brothers. 

We have viewed the field with a critical eye, but so far with- 
out success. Although we are few and need members, yet we 
think it better to continue in our small state until we can find 
others whom we think worthy to become wearers of the Mal- 
tese cross, than to go too fast and perhaps get some who may 
give no credit to the fraternity. 

We have got our by-laws in full force now, having sent them 
on sometime since to the W. G. C. for approval, which he did 
and returned them to us last June after the University closed. 
But it seemed that he must have been making preparations for 
his summer trip when he approved them, as he wrote us noth- 
ing in response. But of course we forgive him, as we know 
ourselves how it is when any one is making preparations for an 
extended trip, especially a pleasure one. 

By the way, I came very near forgetting the most important 
part (as I usually do), which is the marriage of our highly 
esteemed and affable Bro. T. E. Getzen, who led to the altar Miss 
Queen Perdue, of Wadley, Ga., the exact date of which I do 
not remember, but sometime in October. Alpha Omega hear- 
tily congratulates him as being the first of its members who 
succeeded in gaining for it a "sister." 

Well, dear Palm, and kind readers, this being my first attempt 
at this vocation, and for fear of tiring you out, (if I haven't 
already done so) will close, with the best wishes for the future 
prosperity of Alpha Tau Omega, I remain 

Fraternally yours, 





Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, Nov. 7th, 1887. 

Editors Palm : Through the unaccountable — and I might 
almost add, inexcusable — neglect of our vacation correspondent, 
Beta Alpha was not represented in the October Palm by her 
customary chapter letter. While that fact might at first indicate 
an indifference to fraternity interests among the brothers, or an 
abatement of their fraternity zeal, yet such is by no means the 
case. Each one of the brothers is a firm believer in the noble 
principles of Alpha Tau Omega, and each one is enthusiastic in 
his desire and efforts to maintain them in all their beauty in his 
chapter, and to extend their benefits and advantages to those 
who are deserving of them. 

While Beta Alpha is situated at a considerable distance from 
all of her sister chapters, and the pleasures of communication 
with the brothers of other chapters is denied us except through 
the Palm and the mails, and the occasional meeting with some 
wandering brother, yet our isolation serves only to strengthen 
the ties of brotherly affection among us, and to increase our 
appreciation of the numerous benefits which arise from a mem- 
bership in the Alpha Tau brotherhood. 

We have been endeavoring for some time to establish a 
chapter in some good college near us, and during the summer 
vacation our W. M. and one or two of the brothers worked the 
matter up to some extent among the boys of one of the best 
■ colleges in the state. Upon the beginning of school, however, 
the boys' enthusiasm had somewhat diminished and the matter 
was temporarily dropped. But we have by no means relin- 
quished the idea of securing a firmer foothold in this state, and 
will exert ourselves to the utmost with that end in view. 

At the beginning of the school year but five of the brothers 
responded to the chapter roll. But five more loyal brothers, 
five brothers who have the fraternity interests more at heart, five 
who are truer to the pledges they took upon themselves at their 
entrance into fraternity life, cannot be found in any fraternity. 
Among the new students this year, there has appeared very lit- 



tie good Alpha Tau material, and consequently we have no new 
members to introduce. 

Although but five, yet we have shown our hand in the recent 
college elections with very satisfactory results. Taking second 
place in the management of the college paper, we were instru- 
mental in electing to first place a man, who, though a member 
of no fraternity, is a staunch friend of ours ; and that, too, 
against the combined opposition of three or four other fraterni- 

Our absent brothers all keep up a lively interest in the welfare 
of Beta Alpha. It is a fact worthy of note, that the boys who 
have gone out from our chapter into the active work of life, are 
doing exceedingly well without a single exception. 

Bro. S. H. Saleno dropped in upon us a few weeks ago and 
gave us the encouragement of his presence and the benefit of 
his counsel for several days. Bro. S.'s "hustling" qualities have 
not been impaired in the least by his residence in the west. 

Bro. H. L. Loft is working up an excellent law practice at 
Sioux City, la. 

The Brothers Hiskey are in the real estate business at Lara- 
mie, Wyo. 

Bro. M. E. Quint is teaching near Menlo, la. He will enter 
school again in the spring. 

Bro. Craig is engaged in the mercantile business at Mace- 
donia, la. 

Bro. L. G. Consigny has gained the reputation of being one 
of the neatest and most reliable book-keepers in western Iowa.. 

The remaining brothers, too numerous to mention but not the 
less deserving of it, are prospering much. 

With love to all Alpha Taus, I am 

Yours Fraternally, 

O. W. Maxwell, 



Greensboro, Ala. 
Editors Palm : Our hearts were made glad by the arrival of 
the October issue of the Palm a few days since. We were very 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 239 

much gratified to read the flattering reports from everywhere, 
but were disappointed that it did not contain a letter from Beta 
Beta. Marvelous progress was made by our chapter during the 
last collegiate session, and we felt that a rehearsal of that pro- 
gress would make glad the hearts of all who wore the Maltese 
cross ; hence our disappointment at the absence of a letter from 
this chapter. Consequently yeu will pardon me for referring to 
this progress and stating briefly how this stood with us at the 
close of the last session. Beta Beta did not have her share of 
the society honors during the last session ; not, be it said, on 
account of the unworthiness of her sons, as their class-standing, 
together with the appointments to speakers' places made by the 
faculty, will attest ; but because we were unwilling to step down 
from the high plane of principles upon which we stood to the 
low and groveling quagmires and cesspools of college politics, 
and scramble with our inferiors for these emoluments. How- 
ever, in some instances **the place sought the man," and then 
wearers of the Maltese cross were seen taking part in these cel- 
ebrations. At the opening of the last session we had scarcely 
over a dozen men, (we had no regular place of meeting), but 
before its close we had twenty-five men, and a hall neatly fitted 
up, which really and truly might be called "a thing of beauty." 
Besides this, we had four of ten speakers on the stage Com- 
mencement day, and twelve of twenty-four fraternity men on the 
first honor roll, which, considering that there are four other fra- 
ternities here, beats the time-honored record of the pioneer 
chapter of Alabama. College opened on the 28th of Septem- 
ber with more flattering prospects than ever before ; but the 
outlook was not so good for Beta Beta. Out of that goodly 
band of twenty-five, only seven were back with us at the open- 
ing. I hazard the assertion that there was never gathered to- 
gether a finer body of men in a fraternity capacity than we had 
last session ; and when we awoke to the fact that so few of these 
would be with us again, we were naturally disheartened, and it 
made things look gloomy. 

However, nothing daunted, we arose, shook off our gloom 
and went to work in real earnest for our beloved order, and now 
it gives me great pleasure to introduce Bros. E. and W. Flow- 


ers, J. R. Goodloc, W. E. Morris, J. D. Lockhart, J. R. Watkins, 
H. C. Kendrick, J. H. Wilson, and J. Henry, all of Ala., as a 
result of our labors. We commend each of these brothers to 
the fraternity in the highest terms. With these worthy broth- 
ers, together with brother Smith, who was absent at the opening 
canvassing Georgia for a better half, and brothers Ledbetter and 
Atkinson, who returned after the session had opened, we now 
have nineteen enthusiastic members. In the distribution of so- 
ciety honors^ at the the first of the session, we did not obtain 
our share. We stood, as has always been our custom to do, 
upon the high principles of our noble order, and looked down 
upon our unworthy contemporaries scrambling for positions 
that, in the opinion of all in position to know. Alpha Taus 
ought to fill. We could not obtain these positions without be- 
coming tarnished by association with our inferiors, and polluted 
by the contaminating influences of things beneath us, and with- 
out laying aside the cardinal principles of our order, and ceasing 
to be Alpha Taus in their true signification. W^e have never al- 
lowed ourselves to be tempted by the emoluments of office into 
the degrading habit of taking part in college politics. Nor 
have we ever been driven, by the poverty of position our men 
took, into the necessity of driiijuning them into places of honor. 

We congratulate the Phi Delta Thtta fraternity upon the 
success and prosperity of their Gamma chapter. Though hav- 
ing been established here last, it is by no means last in standing, 
but occupies an enviable position among her contemporaries. 
We compliment them upon the high grade of their initiates this 
year. We rejoice to receive them among us. 

Our last election resulted as follows: H. C. Howard, W. M., 
L. L. Smith, W. C, J. L. Morris, W. K. E., E. W^ Ledbetter, 
W. K. A., L. C. Bradley, W. Sc, E. M. Elliott, W. U., J. S. 
Chadwick, W. S., H. Trawick, Cor. 

With kindest regards trom our chapter to all Alpha Taus, 
I am Fraternally yours, 

Henry Trawick, 


88/.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 24 1 


University, Ala., Nov. 8th, 1.887. 

Editors Palm : Through a misunderstanding and owing to 
unavoidable circumstances, we were not represented by a letter 
in the last Palm. I shall therefore try and make this letter do 
for both. 

Our record last session was in every way a creditable one, and 
at the close of the session, in proportion to our numbers, we 
compared favorably with any other fraternity represented here, 
in regard to academic and law honors. 

Our two men in the law department, H. A. Jones and E. R. 
Rivers, occupied high places on the honor roll. In the aca- 
demic department, Bro. O. Parker, stood 2nd in his class, and 
was one of the five men represented on the honor roll out of his 
class of 18. 

Bro. E. D. Reynolds tied for first place in the Junior class of 
42 men, and won the first Shakespeare Prize. Our school 
opened on the 22nd of September with bright prospects for a 
successful session. 

Through the energy and good management of the trustees, 
the University has added many improvements during vacation, 
and others are now in progress, so that the future of the school 
is brighter than ever. 

Bros. Pugh, Renfro, Hutton and Caldwell did not return, so 
that we numbered, at the beginning of the session, nine men, 
but we now number fifteen earnest Alpha Taus. 

Bro. J. M. Francis who graduated last session, is now at the 
University, pursuing his duties as assistant State Geologist. 

It gives me great pleasure to present to all Alpha Taus four 
splendid men who have lately assumed the holy vows of our 
fraternity, and who, I am sure, will prove true Trojans ; they 
are: R. M. Scale, Livingston, Ala., class of '91; H. E. Rey- 
nolds, Montervallo, Ala., class of '89 ; E. L. Patty, Macon, Miss., 
class of '91; Howard King, Scooba, Miss., class of '91. 

We are delighted to welcome to our chapter from Beta Beta 
chapter two earnest workers, brothers P'rank Inge and C. H, 


Long, and feel that they will prove valuable acquisitions to our 

Bro. F. B. Clements, from the D. C. Upsilon, paid us a very- 
pleasant visit at the beginning of the session. 

Our election of officers for the present term resulted as fol- 
lows : J. A. Mitchell, W. M.; R. C. Jeter, Jr., W. C; E. D. 
Reynolds, W. K. A.; W. D. Smith, W. S.; H. E. Reynolds, W. 
K. E.; J. Billups, VV. U.; H. D. Christian, W. Sen. 

Beta Delta sends greeting to all her sisters, and wishes them 
each and all, a pleasant and prosperous session. 

Yours Fraternally, 

R. C. Jeter, Jr., 



Ohio Wesleyan Univ., Delaware, O., Nov. lo, 1887. 

Editors Palm : The pleasant duty to introduce the brothers 
of Ohio Beta Eta to the brothers of her sister chapters has fallen 
upon me, as well as to tell you something about our University. 

I came from Ohio Alpha Psi (Wittenberg College) and re- 
mained for almost a year without doing anything for Alpha Tau 
Omega. Just before Commencement I approached a few close 
friends and we resolved to establish a chapter at the opening of 
the following year. 

When we returned to college we had to petition the Faculty, 
and were thus delayed for a few weeks. On the night of October 
6, three brothers from Ohio Alpha Psi came here and initiated 
the following : B. L. Smith, '90, Dellon, Montana Ty., A. L. 
Huffman, '91, Columbus, O., R. L. Richards, '91, New Lexing- 
ton, O., F. A. Fate, '91, Albion, III, and your humble servant is 
also a member of '91, and is from Springfield, O. 

There is no need of me saying we have a fine set of fellows, 
for that is the quality of every Alpha Tau. We were received 
by everybody in College with open arms, and especially by the 
rest of the Greeks. We have represented in this University six 
fraternities besides our own, and they are as follows : Delta Tau 

1887.] CHAPTER LETTERS. 243 

Delta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Beta Theta Pi, Chi 
Phi, and Phi Delta Theta. 

We had over eight hundred students at the opening of this 
term and out of four hundred that would make good "frat" men 
only seventy have the honor to be Greeks. 

We have eight Literary Societies, and two class fraternities. 

When the Senior Prep Commencement was held last year, out 
of a class of one hundred and thirty, fifteen speakers were chosen 
by the Faculty, and Bros. Huffman, Fate and Richards, were 
among that number. 

Since our initiation Bros. Shives and Hibshman made us a 
visit, which was both pleasant and profitable to us. 

Our aim is to have a chapter of good moral fellows, men who 
stand high in their classes and best of all to be brothers in every 
sense of the word. 

Our boys will be a unit in promoting individual welfare and 
pushing our chapter to the front and at the same time doing all 
they can for Alpha Tau Omega at large. 

We have rented a hall and through the generosity of Bro. 
Huffman have been able to furnish it in an elegant manner. 

Beta Eta will ever have the doors of her hall open, as well as 
her heart, to greet any Alpha Tau who comes near this vicinity. 
We thank all our sister chapters for the kind way in which they 
they received us and the many encouraging letters we received. 

In our next letter we hope to have much more interesting 
news to relate. 

With best wishes and love to all the brothers of Alpha Tau 
Omega, we remain 

Yours Fraternally, 

H. C. Phillips, 


'JA'L yimwMMTmmmT^ 



Whereas, Our Divine Master, in his all-wise providence, has 
^'deemed it expedient to remove from our "temple of brotherly 
love," our worthily esteemed and highly respected brother, 
James McN AIR Alford; and, 

W/ief^eaSy His relations with the members of our chapter have 
been of a nature so intimate, we deem it proper that we should 
demonstrate our fraternal feeling by placing on record our ap- 
preciation of his true merit and promising future; therefore, be 

Resolved, i. That we realize with the deepest feelings of re- 
gret that the fraternal ties binding us to our well-beloved 
brother and co-worker have been severed by the will of Al- 
mighty God, and that we cheerfully submit to his over-ruling 

Resolved, 2. That in his death Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity 
sustains the loss of one of her most efficient, consistent and zeal- 
ous adherents. 

Resolved, 3. That we extend to his nearest and dearest rela- 
tives and friends the full assurance of our cordial sympathy, and 
trust that they may realize the presence and benign influence of 
Him who provides for our every weakness. 

Resolved, 4. That as a recognition of our bereavement, and 
as a tribute to his memory, the members of Alpha Phi chapter 
wear mourning for the time prescribed. 

Resolved, 5. That to his memory a page in our minute book 
be dedicated, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to his 
family, and published in his leading county papers, the News 
and Courier, the South Carolina College Collegian, and the Al- 
pha Tau Omega Palm. 

W. M. Hamer, W. M. 

Alpha Phi Chapter. 

887.] GREEK NEWS. , 245 

TMI^^ FmiT^^M]|TlE:S* 


— Alpha Sigma Phi is the name of a local fraternity at Mari- 
etta College, Ohio. It has about 20 members. 

— Allegheny College has three hundred students enrolled, 
only seventy-five of whom are members of fraternities. 

— Phi Kappa Sigma and Zeta Psi have withdrawn their char- 
ters from Syracuse University, New York. 

— Phi Kappa Sigma is busily engaged in endeavoring to re- 
vive its chapter at Franklin and Marshall College, but with little 

— Phi Alpha Chi hasrecently established a chapter at Hamp- 
den-Sydney College, making the total number of fraternities 
seven. The chapters average about six men. 

— Delta Tau Delta has established a chapter at Indiana Uni- 
versity some time since with eight men. 

— Sigma Chi has surrendered its charter at Lafayette College. 
So says The Lafayette in a recent issue. 

— Delta Kappa Epsilon is raising funds to build a chapter 
house at Cornell University with fair success. 

— The University of Minnesota is coming into prominence as 
one of the great universities of the West. Within the last few 
years two new buildings, at a cost of ;^90,ooo, have been erected. 
The number of students has increased from 255 to 420. The 
faculty has increased from 21 to 33, and the legislature has 
granted ;^40,ooo per year for current expenses. — Ex. 

— The number of fraternities in Lehigh University is ten. 
They are as follows, given in the order of the establishment of 
their chapters, together with their under-graduate membership : 
Chi Phi, 17; Alpha Tau Omega, 16; Delta Phi, 14; Psi Upsi- 
lon, 29; Theta Delta Chi, 14; Delta Upsilon, 17; Sigma Nu, 


246 GREEK NEWS. f DcC. 

15; Phi Gamma Delta, 12; Sigma Phi, 14; Phi Delta Theta, 
10. There are ii men whose fraternities have no chapters at 
the university, thus making a total of 169 fraternity men, or 
about 45 per cent, of the whole number of students now in at- 
tendance there. — Ex. 

— Considerable change has taken place in the standing of the 
various chapters here, and in order of real merit are, as nearly 
as can be determined, as follows: Beta Theta Pi, with 18 mem- 
bers; Phi Delta Theta, with 22; Phi Gamma Delta, 20; Phi 
Kappa Psi, 18; Sigma Chi, 25; Delta Tau Delta, 9; Kappa 
Sigma, 3. This change has all been due to the mysterious forces 
which mould the destinies of chapters, except in the case of Phi 
Kappa Psi, whose decline and fall is directly traceable to fac- 
tional quarrels resulting in the expulsion of two members, one 
of these their best man, the resignation of another, and the 
threatened resignation of three or four more. — Cor. to Beta 
Theta Pi from Indiana University. 

— Beta Theta Pi is a most peculiar fraternity. If it is, as the 
patriotic editor of its journal says, a fraternity typical of Amer- 
ican life, it is not strange to find in its make-up a little of the 
well-known Yankee virtue — boasting ; for, surely, when a Beta 
proclaims by pen that his fraternity is the greatest in the West ; 
that his fraternity alumni are the most loyal ; that his fraternity 
is the most progressive, and that his fraternity is the only one 
truly typical of American life, and all without any attempt at 
satisfactory proof, we cannot dignify his language by any more 
appropriate epithet. * * * About this progressive, typical 
idea, we confess we are a little in need of light. Sincere loyalty 
often exaggerates the virtues of the object that holds its alle- 
giance, and pet hobbies frequently assume world-wide dimen- 
sions in the eyes of narrow-minded men. — Plii Gamma Delia. 

— Athletics in Western colleges have just entered upon an 
era of rise and progress. The growing intensity of college 
spirit, the desire to eclipse notable athletic records of the East, 
and the natural enthusiasm of a new enterprise, have encour- 
aged this comparatively new movement. Through Indiana and 
Ohio the awakened interest has been especially noticeable. No 
plea for the cause is needed. Let every man who has in his 

1887.] GREEK NEWS. 24/ 

heart the raising of all the standards in every department of col- 
lege life, as well as the giving strength and prominence to his 
fraternity, throw his energies into this Western athletic move- 
ment and give it such an impulse that soon the clubs and teams 
and crews of East and West may meet and measure brawn on 
equal footing. — Phi Delta Thcta Scroll. 

— The Sigma Delta Chi Society of the Sheffield Scientific 
School at Yale College will build a chapter house at New Haven. 
The building will be about sixty-four feet by thirty-seven, and 
tliree stories high, and the whole is estimated to cost about 
;^30,000. The basement will contain the living rooms of the 
janitor, a large billiard-room, and other rooms for storage. The 
first floor will contain a large hall or reception-room in front, 
while in the rear will be four bed-rooms and two-studies, with 
the accompanying toilet rooms, bath-rooms, and hallways. The 
second floor will contain six bed-rooms and three studies, with 
toilet and other rooms. The third floor has seven bed-rooms 
and three studies, with the same conveniences as are found on 
the lower floors. — New York Evening Post. 

— The sixty-second year of the Adelbert College opened with 
a class of only twenty, seven of whom are ladies. Notwith- 
standing rumors no new president has been appointed. This 
fact probably accounts, in part, for the small attendance of Fresh- 
men. Events seem to be verifying the prediction made when 
the college was removed to Cleveland, that it would soon de- 
velop in a kind of Cleveland High School annex. Only a small 
proportion of the students come from abroad. Western Reserve 
Academy, the preparatory school, sends only two students this 
year, while Green Spring Academy, another school in connec- 
tion with Adelbert, sends none. With the splendid endowment, 
excellent faculty, commodious buildings and general advantages, 
Adelbert should have a greater number than seventy students, 
which number covers all the students in connection with the 
college. No effort has been made during the past summer to 
show the people Adelbert's advantages ; no advertising nor 
anything to send Adelbert's name outside of Cleveland. This 
condition of things in a college like Adelbert, which has advan- 


tages unequaled in Ohio, is somewhat discouraging to those that 
have in past years seen it in a more prosperous condition. Vim 
and vigor are needed in college as well as political life. Adel- 
bert seems to have neither. — Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. 


Fraternity journals have neither degenerated nor improved 
much during the last year. Each has become a settled maga- 
zine and varies little from time to time. The Fraternity and 
literary articles are replete with sound, wholesome sentiments 
which are well calculated to strengthen the ties of brotherhood. 
The Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly still takes the lead in orig- 
inal fraternity lore, and her chapters still say they are the best 
in every college and take the most honors. The Beta Theta Pi 
is still par excellence in her own opinion, and her Cor. Sees, still 
insist on it that their chapters are more important than the insti- 
tutions themselves. The Phi Gamma Delta Quarterly still insists 
on literary articles and is beginning to show up her men in steel 
plates. TJie Shield keeps on coming nine times a year and has 
something fresh and newsy every time it comes. The same can 
be said of The Sigma Nu Delta, while The Rainbow has gradu- 
ally declined until Delta Tau Delta saw it was necessary to 
change editors and location. We look for improvement. The 
Chi Phi Quarterly pursues the even tenor of its way and is uni- 
formly good. The Record, when last received, promised to give 
us twelve visits a year, but has failed to fulfill it. The Kappa 
Sigma Quarterly esteems itself very superior, since it wants ex- 
changes to pay subscription price in addition to its journals 
sent. The Key and The Arrow are still the same modest, unas- 
suming excellent magazines, while all the rest of our exchanges 
never reach us. 




KY. MU. 

— Capt. J. L. Patty having made an extensive tour along the 
Pacific coast, returned to his native town, Macon, Miss. 

— Bro. Howard Neely spent the Summer in St. Paul, Minn., 
where he was engaged in railroad contracts. At the beginning 
of Oct. he went back to Chattanooga, Tenn. 

— -Bro. Noel Gaines is Deputy Sheriff, of Franklin Co. Ky. 
He was in charge of the Ky. Mu. chapter paraphernalia. 

— Bro. J. T. Gray may be found in Frankfort Ky. Bro. T.'s 
pet theme consists in the pursuit of mercantile life. 

— I am happy to announce that Bro. G. L. King, Mosley's 
Bluff, La., has fully recovered from a protracted illness. 

— Bro. Dault Arnold superintends his twenty thousand acres 
of land near Pan Handle City, Tex. Bro. Dault is dead on an- 
telopes. He desires me to share with him in the game. 

— Bro. N. Holden spent the Summer at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 
He took a thorough course in the Commercial Department. 
The north getting too uncongenial for him, Bro. Norman pre- 
ferred the land of flowers, Orlando, Fla. 

— Bro. Hugh C. Allen rusticates on his extensive farm at 
Rich Hill, Mo. 

— Bro. Thompson Hardin resides near Russelville, Ky. Dur- 
ing the Summer Bro. Thompson entertained in his usual hospi- 
table way Bros. Maj. R. S. Allen and Buck Chappell as he is 
called. Some powerful magnet attracted Bro. Buck's eyes. 

— Bros. Dan and Jim Hillman were seen in Birmingham, 
Ala., where they own considerable iron mines. 

— Bro. G. R. Klinkhard took up his winter quarters in Mo- 
bile, Ala , where he devotes his time in cultivating the Muses. 
During the Summer months Macon, Miss., beguiled the Major's 
lingering hours. 



'79. G. A. Garden is a Signal Officer in the U. S. service, 
and has been stationed in Montana. He has been admitted to 
the bar and is now a practicing attorney. 

'80. Walter W. Pearson is a member of the law firm of Col- 
laway and Pearson, Montgomery, Ala. 

'80. M. S. Stevens is a Baptist minister at Rock Mills, Ala. 

'80. J. J. Banks is practicing law in Birmingham, Ala. 

'82. A. M. Mcintosh is teaching in Anniston, Ala. 

'82. J. G. Smith, M. D., is a practicing physician at Shef- 
field, Ala. "Jim" married recently. 

'83. J. M. Allen is a merchant in Birmigham, Ala. 

'83. J. G. Garmichael is a successful lawyer at Greenville, 

'84. H. S. Persons is a civil engineer on the Mexican Gen- 
tral R. R., Alaquines, Mexico. 

'84. Frank H. Perry is a teacher in the public schools, Mo- 
bile, Ala. 


All subscribers whose names have not appeared under this 
head are still in debt to The Palm for one or two years. Please 
examine the four numbers of Vol. VIL and if your name is not 
found, remit ;^3.00 at once, and if you only owe for one year 
you will get credit for Vol. VIIL, and if you owe for two years 
it will just square your accounts. We are indebted to the fol- 
lowing brothers for their kindness since our last issue : 

R. W. Kime(Va.Epsilon), Jan.i,'88. W.M.Webb (Ohio A. N.), Jan. 

W.D.Nesbitt(Ga. A.B.), Jan.i,'88. i, '88. 

C. F. Johns, July i, '88. Rev. W. H. Jordy, Jan. i, '88. 

W. Buxton, Jr. (Iowa B. A.), Jan. i, J. K. Hunter, Jan. i, '88. 

»88. W. R. Shakelford (Ky. Z.),Jan. i, 

Prof. H. N. Felkel, Jan i, '88. '88. 

R. S. Turk, Esq., Jan. i. '87. Jas. T. Rugh (Mich. A. M.)Jan. i, 

M. H. McClintic, Jan. i, '89. '88. 
Prof. E. J. Shives, Jan. i, '88. 


Since our last issue two new chapters have been chartered : 
Ohio Beta Eta at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 
and New York Beta Theta at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. 

Ohio Wesleyan University is a Methodist institution founded 
in 1842. The faculty is composed of 21 members. The annual 
income from endowments is about 58,500 dollars. About 800 
students are in attendance. Both sexes are admitted. There 
are seven fraternities represented in the Univ. by chapters, viz.: 
Beta Theta Pi, 1853, Phi Delta Theta, i860, Phi Kappa Psi, 
1 86 1, Delta Tau Delta, 1866, Phi Gamma Delta, 1869, Chi Phi, 
1873, and Alpha Tau Omega, 1887. Our chapter starts out 
with fair prospects, and will, we hope, take high rank among its 

Cornell University was established in 1868, is non-sectarian, 
has an endowment of 5,000,000 dollars, a faculty of 60 members, 
700 students, and fifteen fraternities, viz.: Zeta Psi, 1868, Kappa 
Alpha, 1868, Chi Psi, 1869, Phi Kappa Psi, 1869, Delta Upsi- 
lon, 1869, Delta Kappa Epsilon, 1870, Alpha Delta Phi, 1870, 
Theta Delta Chi, 1870, Phi Delta Theta, 1872, Psi Upsilon, 1876, 
Beta Theta Pi, 1879, Kappa Alpha Theta, 1881, Kappa Kappa 
Gamma, 1882, Delta Gamma, 1886, and Alpha Tau Omega, 1887. 
Beta Theta enters the race well equipped and manned for a suc- 
cessful career. We shall expect her to always hold her own 
among her numerous rivals. 

We may well feel proud of these new chapters since they are 
already an honor to Alpha Tau Omega. Who will establish 
the next? 

With this issue Vol. VII. closes and we believe we are safe in 
saying it has kept up to the standard which The Palm has al- 
ways maintained. This has been an exceptionally prosperous 
year for our Fraternity, as four new chapters have been estab- 


lished, and two old ones have been revived. We now have 
twenty-seven chapters, of which Georgia Alpha Theta is the 
largest and Iowa Beta Alpha is the smallest, so far as we are 
informed, and all are the best. All our chapters are in elegant 
condition and wonderful in their zeal and activity. We have 
strong hope now that at our next Congress we will not be called 
upon to perform the painful duty of withdrawing a single char- 
ter. Look well to your chapters brethren and all of you deter- 
mine that your chapter at least shall not succumb to any foe — 
external or internal. We are in hopes that many new chapters 
will be established during 1888, so that when we meet at Spring- 
field we will have a larger delegation than has ever yet been the 

While we are speaking in this strain we wish to remind all 
chapters, old and new, of a few things which are of the most 
vital importance : 

1. Let every chapter remember that by resolutions of our 
last two Congresses each chapter must take as many copies of 
the Palm as it has active members, and pay for them too. (Don't 
forget the last clause, as some do, for that is the important part). 

2. The Song Book too requires your attention, as it is indis- 
pensable to the social side of fraternity life. Every chapter 
should do like Vermont Beta Zeta, — order 5 copies at once. 
Come brethren send your orders to our Business Manager and 
they will be promptly filled. 

3. Correspondents need a complete brushing up by many 
chapters. There are several chapters which have only been 
heard from once during 1 887. All chapters should copy after 
Pa. Alpha Upsilon. It was founded in 1882, and since its foun- 
dation not an issue of The Palm appeared which did not contain 
a letter from her correspondent. Get some ambition in this di- 

We desire to call attention to some things which will throw 
some light upon the general workings of our Fraternity. Some 
chapters don't seem to understand why the rule was passed that 
each chapter must report not only the number of its active mem- 


bers but also their names and addresses for every March issue 
of the Palm. Hence we will explain. 

1. Every chapter is held responsible for as many Palms as it 
has active members in the month of P'ebruary, and it is the duty 
of every chapter to collect $1.50 from each active member and 
forward it to the Business Manager during that month. Then if 
some members leave during the year, and others are initiated, it 
does not change the chapter's obligation to the Palm. So much 
for the number of members. Now, why their names and ad- 
dresses ? Simply this : If during vacation any desire to find 
where they can see a brother, the Palm will tell them exactly 
who is nearest, besides if the Palm should be issued during a 
vacation of some colleges, it could be sent to each individual of 
the chapter direct from the issuing office. Then, too, it pre- 
serves the record and name of each chapter. 

2. Chapter finances should be conducted on purely business 
principles. Let every chapter make it an absolute rule to pay 
for its Palms at the beginning of the year. It is not business 
to push such a vital matter into the back-ground. \\ here col- 
leges have three school terms, let the price of the Palm be ad- 
ded to the term tax and collected and paid within six weeks 
from the first meeting in 1888, then no trouble will arise con- 
cerning Palm or any other dues. 

3. PvVery Alpha Tau Omega believes in being brotherly. 
But the trouble is we mistake the real meaning of the term. 
One man says : "Now be brotherly and let me have time to pay 
until I am ready." But don't you see if we let you off from 
paying, while it may be a brotherly act to you, it is anything 
else than a brotherly act to all the rest of the fraternity who 
pay, for they must and do pay their Palm, and then because you 
do not pay, the Palm must draw from the general fund in the 
exchequer to pay for your Palm, and thereby drain the excheq- 
uer to such an extent as to cripple every other project the fra- 
ternity wishes to carry out. This is no delusion. We send out 
553 copies of the Palm to subscribers each issue, which, if all 
would be brotherly as they should be, would bring in 829 dollars 
a year. The fact is over half of these subscribers are so broth- 



erly that they never get ready to pay for what they get. The 
result is the exchequer must advance the money for them and 
run the risk of never getting it. We call that very selfish, un- 
brotherly brotherliness, which smacks more of meanness than 
anything else. Let every brother send in his Palm money at 

Some chapter by-laws need revision in the matter of corre- 
spondents. It should be a rule made by all chapters to elect 
their correspondent for one year. Elect him during the month 
of January and impose a heavy fine upon him if he fails in his 
duty. He should be elected from the Junior class, and no Junior 
should be eligible to election who is not certain to graduate. 
This would prevent the Palm from being missent for it would 
always reach the chapter through its correspondent. So often 
the Business Manager wants to have a chapter letter for the Oct. 
Palm and finds that the correspondent has graduated and is no 
longer at the institution, consequently he is unable to communi- 
cate with many of the chapters at all. If the chapter happens 
to forget to send a letter the whole fraternity is at a loss to know 
how to reach that chapter. Let all chapters consider this and 
act upon it during 1888, and all will be mutually benefited. 

We take pleasure in presenting to our readers an address de- 
livered before the Ga. Alpha Theta chapter by Bro. J. B. Stew- 
art, as it is an excellent campaign article in that it clearly shows 
that to be an Alpha Tau is a great honor and lasting benefit. 

We also call special attention to Bro. Branham's letter pub- 
lished on a previous page as it speaks of a matter which has 
been a puzzle to the many who were anxious to receive their 
photos of Congress. While this good brother makes no prom- 
ise of seeing to it that the photos will soon be sent out, we still 
hope that that is what he means. 

The High Council held a regular meeting at the Hotel Lafay- 


ette in Philadelphia, Nov. 2d, 1887, at which meeting much im- 
portant business was transacted. Among many other things 
done there, was the appointment of a Business Manager for 
1888. Rev. C. W. Baker, of Dallastown, Pa., was reappointed. 
Consequently the Palm will continue to come from the old Key- 
stone State during 1888. 

We have calls for Nos. i, 2 and 3 of Vol. I. of the Palm. 
Will not some brother or exchange be kind enough to dispose 
of his numbers? If so send them to the Business Manager, 
stating your price, and you will do us a great service. 

All materials as well as all Chapter Letters for the March No. 
of Palm must ho. on our table by the loth of Feb. '88. They 
must contain a complete list of all active members then at col- 
lege with their full names and addresses as well as the class or 
course in which they are. And every chapter must send a letter. 

The Palm wishes to all a merry Christmas and happy New 








Worthy Grand Chief — Prof. E. J. Shives, A. M., Tiffin, Ohio. 

Worthy Grand Chaplain— Rt. Rev. C. T. Quintard, D. D., S. T. D., 
&c., Sewanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Exchequer— M. Luther Horne, Esq., 
Allentown, Pa. 

Worthy Grand Keeper of Annals— Prof. W. B. Nauts, A. M., Se- 
wanee, Tenn. 

Worthy Grand Scribe — Walter T. Daniel, Esq., New York City. 

Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook, Chairman^ Elizabeth, N. J. 
Jos. R. Anderson, Jr., Esq., Richmond, Va. 

Prof. N. Wiley Thomas, Ph. D., Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Rev. C. W. Baker, Dallastown, Pa. 
Prof. H. N. Felkel, De Finnak Springs, Fla. 

Hon. W. a. Haygood, lyi Peach Tree St., Atlanta, Ga. 


1887.] DIRECTORY. 25/ 


Virginia Delta — University of Virginia, Va. 

G. W. Anderson, Jr., Cor. 
Virginia Epsilon — Roanoke College, Salem, Va. 

R. W. KiME, Cor. 

Kentucky Zeta — Central University, Richmond, Ky. 

R. W. Miller, Cor. 
District OF Columbia Upsilom — Columbian University, Washing- 
ton, D. C. J. C. PuGH, Cor. 
Tennessee Omega — University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 

J. C. Morris, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha-Beta — University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 

A. A. Lawrence, Cor. 
North Carolina Alpha-Delta — University of N. C, Chapel Hill, 

N. C. H. L. Miller, Cor. 

Alabama Alpha-Epsilon — Alabama A. & M. College, Auburn, Ala. 

Chas. H. Ross, Cor. 
Georgia Alpha- Zeta— Mercer University, Macon, Ga. 

J. R. Ferrill, Cor. 

North Carolina Alpha-Eta . "R.," Cor. 

Georgia Alpha-Theta— Emory College, Oxford, Ga. 

F. G. Corker, Cor. 
Michigan Alpha-Mu— Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. 

H. R. Stark, Cor. 
Ohio Alpha-Nu — Mt. Union College, Mt. Union, Ohio. 

J. A. Lichty, Cor. 
New York Alpha-Omicron — St. Lawrence University, Canton, 

N. Y. W. J. Woods, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Rho— Lehigh University, South Bethlehem, 

Pa. F. D. Campbell, Cor. 

Tennessee Alpha-Tau — Southwestern Presbyterian University, 

Clarksville, Tenn. Hugh Richardson, Cor. 

Pennsylvania Alpha-Upsilon — Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, 

Pa. W. S. Lee, Cor. 

South Carolina Alpha-Phi — South Carolina College, Columbia, 

S. C. W. M. Hamer, Cor. 

Ohio Alpha-Psi— Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio. 

Victor Y. Smith, Cor. 
Florida Alpha-Omega — University of Florida, Lake City, Fla. 

J. H. Congleton, Cor. 
Iowa Beta-Alpha — Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. 

O. W. Maxwell, Cor. 
Alabama Beta-Beta — Southern University, Greensboro, Ala. 

258 DIRECTORY. [Oct. 

Alabama Beta-Delta— University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

R. C. Jeter, Jr., Cor. 
Louisiana Beta-Epsilon— Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 

O. N. O. Watts, Cor. 
Vermont Beta-Zeta — University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. 

F. E. Dodge, Cor. 
Ohio Beta-Eta — Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. 

F. A. Fate, Cor. 
New York Beta-Theta— Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. 

W. A. Hamilton, Cor. 


Alabama — Howard Lamar, (Alabama Alpha-Epsilon), Auburn, Ala., 
Worthy Master. Next annual convention June 22d, 1888, Montgom- 
ery, Ala. 

Georgia — C. P. Steed, (Ga. Alpha-Zeta), Worthy Master. Next an- 
nual convention Feb. 22, 1888, Macon, Ga. 

South Carolina — Theo. M. E)uBose, M. D., (Tenn. Omega) Worthy 
Master. Next annual convention Feb. 22nd, 1888, Columbia, S. C. 

Virginia — Leonard Marbury, (D. C. Upsilon) Alexandria, Va., Wor- 
thy Master. 

Kentucky — Guy C. Sibley, (Ky. Mu), Worthy Master. 

North Carolina — W. R. Tucker, Worthy Master. Next annual con- 
vention Nov. 30, 1887, Raleigh, N. C. 

Florida — Geo. L. Drew, Jacksonville, Fla., Worthy Master. Next 
annual convention. May 21st, 1888, Tallehassee. 

Washington (D. C.)— Fairfax Irwin, (Va. Epsilon), Worthy Master, 
Meetings held monthly. 


f Ijx ^If ^a Can ® mega ^alm. 

The Alpea Tau Ome^s^a Palm is the Official Journal of the Alpha Tau 
Omega Fraternity ; and, as such, its constant aim will be to promote her 
interests in the manner followinp- : 

By affording a vehicle of communication for the General Officers, the 
Chapters and the Alumni ; by collecting and preserving in permanent 
form the annals of the Fraternity, and by disseminating her noble princi- 

While these are pre-eminently the purposes for which the Palm was es- 
tablished, it will also aim to exert a wholesome influence beyond the limits 
of the Fraternity, by habitually striving to inculcate such teachings, and 
only such, as shall tend to purify and elevate mankind in general. 

With a long list of contributors from the ranks of the Fraternity — some 
of whom have attained marked distinction in the various walks of life — 
the Palm can safely promise its patrons that its pages shall always contam 
interesting and profitable reading. 

The Palm will be issued four times a year. Each number will contain 
not less than sixty octavo pages, and will be printed in clear, distinct type 
and on neat paper, with a view to binding in volumes for preservation. 

The subscription price is fixed at $1.50 per annum, in advance ; price 
of single copies 50 cents. 

Short professional or business cards will be inserted at the rate of ^3 
per annum ; advertisements requiring greater space at proportionately low 
rates, which may be ascertained by application to the undersigned. 

All communications of whatever nature should be addressed to 


Business Manager, 

Dallastown, Pa. 



Rooms I and 4, Post Office Building, 

LOS ANGELES, California. 



Alabama Alpha Epsilon 26, 90, 171, 221 

Alabama Beta Beta 102, 238 

Alabama Beta Delta 44, 104, 241 

Alabama State Association 185 

Alford, James McNair, Memorial of 244 

Alumni Personals 601^, 117, 190, 249 

An Academic Fraternity 123 

An Editor's Plight (Poem) 207 

Announcement 64, 148, 202, 259 

A Sketch of Washington and Lee University, &c 128 

Bishop, Arthur F., Letter from ' 49 

Branham, A. 1., Letter from 215 

Buxton, W., Jr., Letter from 47 

Chapter Letters 18, 81, 161, 218 

College Fraternities 70 

D. C. Association 45, 109 

D. C. Upsilon 85, 165 

Directory 61, 145, 199 256 

Dues Received ^o}i> 119. 194. 250 

Editorial Department 58, 142, 195, 251 

Enlarging Influence of Fraternity Life 12 

Fund for Delegates to Congress 15 

Florida Alpha Omega 100, 235 

Florida Alumni Association , 102 

Fraternity (Poem) 120 

Georgia Alpha Beta 24, 89, 169, 219 

Georgia Alpha Theta 30, 91, 175, 224 

Georgia Alpha Zeta 27,172 

Greek Letter Societies 156 

Greek News. 54, 140, 245 

How Extend the Circulation of the Palm 151 

Iowa Beta Alpha 43- ^01, 237 

Kentucky Mu 21, 83 

Kentucky Zeta 20, 82, 164 

Last Meeting of Kentucky Mu 212 

Louisiana Beta Epsilon 46, 106 

Matthews, Robert Linn, Memorial of 115 

INDEX. 261 

Memorial Department, 115,244 

Mens Cujusque is est Quisque 3 

Michigan Alpha Mu 32,92 

Milner, H. Key, Letter from 217 

New York Alpha Omicron 36, 96, 181, 226 

North Carolina Alpha Delta 170 

North Carolina Alpha Eta 30, 174 

Official Communications 52 

Ohio Alpha Nu 34, 94, 175. 225 

Ohio Alpha Psi 41, 100, 234 

Ohio Beta Eta 242 

Organization and Chapter Management 153 

Other Fraternities 54, 245 

Our Exchanges 57, 135, 248 

Open Letters 215 

Pennsylvania Alpha Rho 37 

Pennsylvania Alpha Upsilon 38, 97, 183, 229 

Shives, Prof. E. J., Letter from 50 

South Carohna Alpha Phi 40,98,231 

Tennessee Alpha Tau 180, 228 

Tennessee Omega 23, 88, 168 

The Voice of the Greek Press 120 

Vermont Beta Zeta , 108, 182 

Virginia Delta 18, 161 

Virginia Epsilon 19, 81, 162, 218 

What is the Fraternity to Me ? 67 

Why an AlphaTau?. = 208 

Wilkinson, James W., Memorial of 116 

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